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HP and Microsoft join forces to simplify infrastructure management

If you have not been living under a rock, you probably have heard about the announcement that HP and Microsoft made to invest $250 million over the next three years to simplify technology environments. There is an HP-Microsoft partnership portal that includes the announcement along with videos of Mark Hurd and Steve Ballmer discussing its importance.


This very broad agreement spans hardware and software, both development and marketing, for products and services. In short, HP and Microsoft will collaborate on building the next generation cloud offering. The subheading of the press release says it all. “World’s largest technology company and No. 1 software provider plan to advance cloud computing with industry’s most integrated technology stack”

Many customers discuss the pains of integrating software from multiple vendors. In fact, an all-HP business technology optimization stack is one of our key selling points. But, the reality is that most organizations rely on Windows and other Microsoft applications, such as Exchange, SQL Server, and their HyperV virtualization platform. So, since heterogeneous management is reality, HP and Microsoft decided to join forces to make this process easier for our joint customers. The goal is to improve both IT efficiency along with improved application performance and availability.

In discussions I have had with customers, partners, and colleagues since the announcement, one question keeps coming up:
Q: Will HP continue to invest in OMW to manage Windows environments?

Let me clarify a few issues around this point.

  1. Customers can use any of our Operations Manager servers, running on Linux (OML), Windows (OMW), or UNIX (OMU) to manage infrastructure running Windows along with many other platforms. This applies whether the managed nodes are physical or virtual. The more complex the IT environment, the more value HP Operations Manager delivers by consolidating events into a single console.

  2. For customers using Microsoft System Center Operations Center (SCOM), they will be able, as they are today, to continue to use that to manage Windows environments and consolidate those events and others into Operations Manager. The joint investments will make the process even easier.

  3. Joint development will also make management of Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft SQL Server even more effective on HP Operations Manager.

I look forward to engaging with my Microsoft counterparts to evolve the next generation infrastructure management platform and make our customers even more efficient at managing their complex, heterogeneous IT environments.

For HP Operations Center, Peter Spielvogel.

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Heterogeneous Virtualization (HP + VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, and Red Hat)

One advantage of HP’s virtualization management approach is that we work closely with all the major virtualization vendors. Earlier this week, we hosted a partner virtualization event in San Francisco along with our key virtualization partners including Citrix, Microsoft, Red Hat and VMware. The audience included both business and technical press.

Here are two articles written about the event.

The Convergence Of IT And Business
Forbes, by Taylor Buley
November 19, 2009

Is Cloud Computing Ready to Rumble? by David Needle
November 19, 2009

For HP Operations Center, Jon Haworth and Peter Spielvogel.

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