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Organizations Speed Business Results with New Appliances from HP and Microsoft

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Today, HP and Microsoft unveiled a portfolio of new appliances that simplify the integration of applications, productivity tools and infrastructure into a single system for specific business services, including Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Messaging and Online Transaction Processing.

Delivering on the companies’ extended partnership announced a year ago, these quick to deploy appliances help employees make better decisions, communicate with others and improve productivity. Microsoft and HP announced the following:

  • The HP Business Decision Appliance: reducing the time and effort it takes for IT to configure, deploy and manage a comprehensive BI solution. This appliance includes Microsoft Windows Server, Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft SharePoint and can be installed and configured by IT in less than one hour. The HP Business Decision Appliance with three years of HP 24x7 hardware and software support services is available today from HP and HP/Microsoft Frontline channel partners for under $28,000.
  • The HP E5000 Messaging System for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010: a self-contained, pre-configured platform for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, this messaging system, which can be deployed in just a few hours, delivers large, low-cost mailboxes, centralized archiving and 24x7 access from any device. HP E5000 Messaging System with three years of HP 24x7 hardware and software support services will be available in March 2011 from HP and HP/Microsoft Frontline channel partners starting at $36,000.
  • The HP Business Data Warehouse Appliance: This SQL Server data warehouse will deliver enterprise-class functionality for small and mid-sized businesses and offer increased simplicity with administrator-free operation. This application appliance will be available later this year.
  • The HP Enterprise Transaction Processing Appliance and HP Database Consolidation Appliance are pre-configured appliances to increase performance by up to 40 percent over traditional deployments. Both appliances include backup and disaster recovery functionality that reduce manual tasks and operational errors with up to 90 percent of storage operations being completed through just five basic commands. These application appliances will be available later this year.

As a reminder, Microsoft announced the HP Enterprise Data Warehouse Appliance earlier this year. Optimized for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse, this is the industry’s most scalable, highest performing and easiest to deploy data warehouse for SQL Server. Through interoperability with the Microsoft BI platform, customers can deliver managed BI solutions to everyone in the organization.

With these appliances, organizations gain faster, affordable delivery of business services and ensure their employees can take advantage of these services to help the business gain greater agility through better decision making. These application appliances put more critical information in customers’ hands at a fraction of the cost and time of alternative products.

For more information on the new offerings from Microsoft and HP, visit http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/solutions-technologies/appliances.aspx. Additional details can be found on the STB News Bytes Blog  or the press release here.

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