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Opposites Attract: 8 Cloud Deals Forged To Deliver Hybrid Solutions

As enterprises choose hybrid cloud infrastructure to balance their diverse computing needs, on-premises powerhouses and hyper-scale providers are forming once-unthinkable alliances, seeing no choice but to work together.

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HPE And Microsoft

Freshly spun out from Hewlett Packard in late 2015, Hewlett Packard Enterprise quickly saw fit to designate Microsoft Azure as a "preferred" public cloud partner.

"Microsoft shares our view of a hybrid IT approach for enterprises, and we both see opportunity to simplify hybrid infrastructure for our customers," said CEO Meg Whitman at the time. "HPE will serve as a preferred provider of Microsoft’s infrastructure and services for its hybrid cloud offerings.’

The strategic hybrid partnership came one month after HPE said it would shut down its own HP Helion Public Cloud. Whitman said HPE was "doubling down" on its managed and virtual private cloud offerings in the wake of that exit.

"This is the right move," she asserted. "It plays to our strengths in private and managed cloud. We will continue to extend our cloud infrastructure leadership and integrate the public cloud element for our customers through a strategic, partner-based model."

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