HP has expanded the range of Microsoft enterprise services delivered from its data centres, adding Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) to the portfolio to provide comprehensive end-to-end enterprise service delivery for customers in Microsoft's ecosystem.
Announced today, the move expands on the agreement between HP and Microsoft late last year that effectively saw HP become an alternative host provider for Microsoft's Office 365 cloud-based productivity services.
With the addition of EMS, HP has now become the preferred partner for a range of Microsoft services intended to transform enterprises so that employees can work seamlessly across mobile devices and PCs while enabling IT to manage the user environment, HP said.
"When deploying mobility and workplace solutions in the enterprise, our customers want a simplified, consumer-grade experience that empowers employees to be more productive anytime, anywhere on any device they choose," said Mike Nefkens, HP's executive vice president for enterprise services.
"Implementing EMS into an existing Office 365 environment allows customers to realise the full potential of both solutions while providing a lower cost on-ramp for Windows 10 upgrades in the future."
EMS brings together a number of existing Microsoft cloud services, comprising Azure Active Directory for identity and access management, Intune for device management, Azure Rights Management for data protection, and Azure RemoteApp to provide remote access to cloud-hosted Windows applications from iOS, Mac OS X, Android and Windows devices.
Adding service delivery of EMS to HP's Microsoft services portfolio thus delivers a common management platform across multiple operating systems and devices, HP said, while a common identity delivers capabilities such as single sign-on to apps, self-service password reset and rights management.
As ever, HP is backing the new offerings with its own consulting services and support. HP advisory and transformation services for Workplace of the Future, Microsoft Azure AD and Microsoft Office 365 are available now, as are HP Services for Office 365 and Skype for Business.
Additional advisory, transformation and management services will be made available in 2015, the firm said.
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