HP has begun providing Microsoft's Office 365 from its own data centres, offering an alternative provider for the business productivity platform plus value-added services such as advisory consultation, reporting and user support.
Available now globally, HP Enterprise Services for Office 365 is designed to address the requirements of enterprise customers by combining the capabilities of Microsoft's software-plus-services business productivity suite with the global delivery expertise of HP Enterprise Services, the firm said.
Delivered through HP Enterprise Services, the new offering provides a complete enterprise solution from initial advisory engagement, through transformation to ongoing management, analysis, reporting and user support.
The firm claims that it can provide Office 365 as part of a broader portfolio of support and services, in order to attract enterprise clients away from other service providers offering the suite.
However, HP is initially offering only the email part of Office 365, though it aims to expand this in future.
"HP enterprise clients are seeking to create a collaborative and flexible workplace using comprehensive solutions that address their complex IT environments," said Mike Nefkens, executive vice president at HP Enterprise Services.
Included in the service is a predefined set of planning, preparatory and related activities designed to minimise the risk of service outages, plus enhanced data protection and access controls.
"You want the power of one - one service provider to manage the entire platform, from hardware to application support and user support," HP says in its online literature for the service.
"You want one vendor to provide a single point of accountability for all aspects of service delivery, including all functions provided by Microsoft and other third-party providers, and service-level agreements."
HP also said that clients have the right to conduct audits of HP data centres, servers, delivery teams, processes and tools using a third-party auditing firm.
However, HP is being coy on how its pricing structure compares with Microsoft's own Office 365 offering. In response to a request from V3, HP would say only that "HP Enterprise Services for Office 365 is now available with per user pricing".
Microsoft's Office 365 for enterprise users starts at £5 per user per month for the E1 plan, up to £14.70 per month for the E3 plan.
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