Microsoft has has unveiled a joint development initiative with Hewlett Packard (HP) to simplify application deployment and management.
Known as the Dynamic Data Center (DDC), the data centre features a combination of HP servers, software, storage and networking hardware connected on a prescribed network architecture.
In a keynote address at the 12th annual Windows Hardware Engineering Conference, Bill Gates, Microsoft's chairman and chief software architect, said that DDC would enable customers to automatically deploy distributed applications and subsequently provision the associated servers, storage and networking resources required for the applications.
The architecture is designed to dynamically allocate resources which grow and shrink based on business and workload demands.
"The software architecture underlying the DDC is a critical innovation that can greatly simplify IT operations while helping customers use high-volume, low-cost, industry-standard hardware more effectively," said Jim Allchin, group vice president of the platforms division at Microsoft.
"Larger workloads can get additional resources on the fly, and smaller ones only consume the resources they need."
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