HP and Microsoft Extend Their Partnership

HP and Microsoft announced they have extended its previous partnership with a joint $250 million investment to develop hardware and software products to use in their customers’ data centers and in cloud computing facilities.

The companies said they will work together in designing a full “stack” of data center hardware, software management tools and other applications, as well as on Microsoft’s cloud operating platform Windows Azure, in which customers can access data center services via the Internet.

Microsoft will deploy HP hardware in the data centers that operate the Azure platform. HP will develop products that can bundled and sold with Microsoft’s operating system, database program or other software.

Both companies said they will continue to maintain their partnerships with other tech vendors, such as Oracle and Dell, developing hardware and software that works with products from these vendors.

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