To the tune of a quarter billion dollars. Pretty serious initiative, I’d say.
From the link:
“This is all about integrating technology and making things as close to ‘plug and play’ as we can,” HP CEO Mark Hurd said during a telephone conference call with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and other executives, in which they announced a partnership that appears to represent another move toward consolidation in the commercial tech industry.
The two tech giants said they will collaborate in designing a full “stack” of data center hardware, software management tools and other applications, as well as on Windows Azure, which is Microsoft’s operating platform for cloud computing, in which customers can access data center services over the Internet.
Microsoft, which is a major provider of business software, said it will use HP hardware in the data centers that run the Azure platform. HP, which is a leading provider of data center hardware, said it will develop products that can be sold pre-loaded with Microsoft’s operating system, database program or other software.
“We’re driving ahead aggressively with Hewlett-Packard,” Ballmer said during the announcement. However, he also noted that both companies will continue to develop products in collaboration with other partners in the tech industry, such as Oracle and Dell.
Both executives also said their companies will continue to develop hardware and software that works with products from other tech vendors.