Understanding Today’s News from Microsoft and HP


By now, you have likely seen the news that Microsoft and HP are expanding their 25 year partnership. Over the next three years, the companies will invest $250 million to help customers and partners substantially improve the customer experience for developing, deploying and managing today’s IT environments, and building next generation cloud applications.

Customers will see this investment spent in three key efforts:

· Joint engineering roadmap and set of technology offerings.

· Joint sales and marketing to help educate customers and arm the channel.

· Joint professional services to aid customers in getting the most out of their investments.

As part of its joint engineering roadmap and joint offerings, Microsoft and HP will collaborate on: 

1. Virtualization:

· Microsoft is now a preferred provider of virtualization solutions for HP, which will make it easier for a broader set of customers to deploy virtualization solutions that can improve server utilization by as much as 10x and reduce provisioning ties from months to minutes. 

· Microsoft and HP will deliver ‘Smart Bundles’ for small and medium businesses. These are a combination of hardware and software, including HP server, storage and networking solutions, coupled with Windows Server Hyper-V and HP Insight software, delivered in a single, cost-effective package. 

2. Management:

· HP now has the rights to resell and ship System Center as part of HP’s solutions.  This solution will be tuned, integrated and ready for customers.

· And coming soon, HP’s Insight Software and Business Technology Optimization solutions will begin to integrate and interoperate with Microsoft’s System Center suite of products.  This means that customers with heterogeneous computing environments will be able to more easily and more cost-effectively manage hardware and software from Microsoft and non-Microsoft operating systems and applications. 

3. Business Applications :

· The companies will deliver a set of pre-packaged and pre-configured data management and email solutions (‘machines’) that will deliver data warehousing, business intelligence, online transaction processing (OLTP) and messaging solutions.

4. The Cloud:

· HP and Microsoft will collaborate on the Windows Azure platform, with HP offering services, and Microsoft continuing to include HP hardware for Windows Azure infrastructure. 

Microsoft and HP detailed plans to increase opportunities for its 32,000 HP and Microsoft Frontline channel partners through extensive joint sales and marketing programs.  

These plans include a 10x increase of investment by both companies to help partners modernize their customers’ environments through a combination of software and hardware packages and services.  Just a few of the benefits partners will receive include:

· Simplified sales cycles resulting from Smart Bundles and all-inclusive packages will increase time-to-revenue and create add-on application and service sales opportunities.

· Flexible financing options through HP Financial Services, will enable resellers to make technology solutions more accessible and easy to acquire.

· Support from dedicated field resources will help with pre-sales initiatives and partner training.

· Jointly funded worldwide marketing campaigns, lead generation programs and sales tools, available at www.hpmspartners.com.

Finally, Microsoft and HP detailed plans to provide an integrated portfolio of joint professional services. Through more than 11,000 Microsoft-certified HP professionals worldwide, HP Services organizations, in partnership with Microsoft Services, will support the integrated hardware and software solutions from simple implementations to the most critical enterprise infrastructure. Just some of the service offerings include:

· Strategy workshops, ROI and business value services.

· Architecture, design, pilot, global implementation, support for server virtualization and management solutions, client virtualization, data management, and cloud computing.

· Per-seat fixed price Microsoft Exchange Server upgrade/migration services.

· Assistance for customers who seek to run their technology on-premises, outsourced or via the cloud.

To sum it up, this agreement represents the industry’s most comprehensive end-to-end integrated technology stack across hardware and software — from infrastructure to application. Through this long term partnership, Microsoft and HP are helping customers reduce costs and get the most of their investments today, as they prepare for a future of business computing in the cloud.

Server and Tools Business News Bytes blog : Understanding Today’s News from Microsoft and HP

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Official word: BlogMailr is shutting down. Telligent wants paid for functionality

You may or may not have seen my Tweet about this last week, but BlogMailr simply disappeared from the face of the planet.  I guess the folks at Telligent decided to pull the plug early and not tell anyone – particularly those that were using the service for making blog posts to their Community Server (and other services) blogs.

So, whether or not last week’s “burp” was intentional or not, the next big burp of the BlogMailr service will be on purpose.

From an email from Telligent today…

As part of our on-going product lifecycle management process, we have decided to discontinue our BlogMailr product. We are giving you a five-week notice that blogmailr.com will be shut down at 5:00pm Central time on January 4, 2009.

We still believe in the simplicity of blogging via email. With the applications built on top of our new platform, Telligent Evolution, you can do just that. If you are not already using the Telligent Evolution platform but are interested in understanding how Telligent collaboration and community can help you, please visit us at telligent.com or contact us at sales@telligent.com.

Last Day to Submit System Center Influencer Blog Contest Entries

Influencers: Today is the last day to submit your November blog entries for the contest! Blog on "The Microsoft platform and application management with System Center" and email it to scnetsup@microsoft.com for a chance to win a $100 gift card!

Contest Overview: https://sharepoint.connect.microsoft.com/SystemCenterCommunity/ExtraContent4.aspx

Contest Rules: https://sharepoint.connect.microsoft.com/SystemCenterCommunity/ExtraContent2.aspx

List of content ideas: https://sharepoint.connect.microsoft.com/SystemCenterCommunity/Growsubdetail1.aspx


And for those of you who want to get a jump on next month's contest, the December theme is "Microsoft System Center Solutions for datacenter management". Blog about this topic and submit your entries to scnetsup@microsoft.com by December 31st. To help inspire you, check out the December Content Ideas.

System Center Configuration Manager Team Blog : Configuration Manager Support Announcements for November 2009


Up until now we have released support announcements on the ConfigMgr Support Team blog from our very own Customer Support Services.  Moving forward, we will be announcing support for new configuration via our Configuration Manager Team blog directly from our finger tips to your eyes.  While we are on the topic, you might be wondering what to expect from our team when new versions of our dependencies release.  First, let's establish some terminology.  We consider our ‘externals' anything that our product is dependent on (or specific features are dependent on) that is not developed by our own development teams.  We have dependencies on platforms like Windows or SQL, or components like .NET Framework or the Bandwidth Intelligent Throttling Service (BITS).  We currently track over 26 external dependencies against our product.

System Center Configuration Manager Team Blog : Configuration Manager Support Announcements for November 2009