HP and Microsoft have jointly unveiled a line of application appliances designed to speed and simplify the deployment of complex business services, while still offering the flexibility of customising the application to exact requirements.
Announced today, the Converged Application Solutions portfolio consists of several converged application appliances that deliver Microsoft software and services ready configured on HP hardware, which IT departments can have up and running in as little as one hour, HP claimed.
The current portfolio covers business intelligence, data warehousing, messaging and database consolidation, and will be available through HP and HP/Microsoft Frontline channel partners with three years of HP 24 x 7 hardware and software support.
The HP Business Decision Appliance is available now, while the HP Enterprise Data Warehouse Appliance was actually launched in December.
The HP E5000 Messaging System for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 is coming in March, with the HP Business Data Warehouse Appliance set for June and the HP Database Consolidation Appliance expected in the second half of this year.
According to the two firms, critical business services are typically deployed either as highly customised solutions that take a long time to deliver, or using proprietary stacks of applications and infrastructure that are less flexible.
The new portfolio, dubbed Infrastructure2Applications, is intended to address these issues and is the result of the partnership between HP and Microsoft announced almost exactly a year ago.
"You've now got a situation where IT departments are spending much of their time doing the systems integration between hardware, software and networking from different vendors, so there's a growing appetite for convergence out in the market," said Paul Kember, HP's UK and Ireland country manager for industry standard servers.
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