Microsoft, HP Debut Appliances Targeting BI, Messaging Apps

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Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard unveiled a line of IT appliances Wednesday that combine Microsoft software and HP servers for business intelligence, data warehousing and messaging applications.

The appliances, built around Microsoft's SQL Server database and Exchange communications software, are designed to reduce implementation time and simplify the delivery and management of critical business applications, said Doug Small, global alliances marketing director, enterprise servers, storage and networking, HP enterprise business, in an interview.

"With these appliances we're going to be addressing a whole range of customer needs," added Fausto Ibarra, senior director, Microsoft business intelligence, in the interview.

The new appliances are part of a three-year deal announced by the two companies in January 2010 to invest $250 million to develop complete "infrastructure-to-application" systems. That agreement expands the already extensive HP/Microsoft Frontline Partnership under which the companies combine their technologies and jointly take them to market through channel partners who participate in the HP/Microsoft Frontline Partner Program.

The appliances are built on HP servers, including the Proliant line, HP virtualization and system management tools, and add in HP support services.

In November the companies unveiled the HP Enterprise Data Warehouse Appliance, a system for large-scale data warehouse applications with hundreds of terabytes of data and a price tag starting at "less than $2 million," according to the companies.


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