- Hewlett Packard Enterprise shared more details about its new cloud partnership with Microsoft on Tuesday.
- HPE says it will provide a new hardware product that integrates with the Azure cloud platform and build its software to take advantage of Microsoft's offerings.
- Under the new agreement, HPE will also enable existing customers to easily set up a hybrid cloud deployment using Azure.
HPE said companies interested in integrating Microsoft's Azure cloud with HPE's on-premises systems can now purchase Hyper-Converged 250 for Microsoft Cloud Platform System Standard, an appliance that brings together HPE ProLiant technology and Microsoft's Azure services.
As part of the partnership, HPE will also bring more of its application lifecycle management, big data and security software products to Azure. On the consulting side of things, HPE plans to certify an additional 5,000 people to be Azure Cloud Architects and provide services to clients of its Global Services consulting arm.
In October, HPE announced it would discontinue its Helion public cloud on January 31, 2016. The company will instead increase its efforts in the private and managed cloud market.
According to Synergy Research Group, HP is the leader in selling the hardware that underpins private cloud environments.