The big announcement from TechEd 2010 Europe was that Microsoft had partnered with a group of hardware partners representing more than 80% of the hardware market in order to democratize private Clouds.
While in Berlin earlier this week I had the opportunity to get insight into the partnership between HP and Microsoft over Hyper-V Cloud which resulted in offerings such as the HP CloudStart for Hyper-V and the HP Cloud Foundation for Hyper-V.
A private Cloud from Microsoft and HP involves a mix of hardware, software and services, with HP BladeSystem Matrix, Microsoft System Center and Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V at the core.
Companies around the world are undoubtedly familiar with the technologies mentioned above. But the solutions are now at the heart of a new model proposed by the Redmond and Palo Alto duo, one designed to cut complexity and cost for customers looking to jump into the cloud, but still run on-premise servers.
David McCann, General Manager, Windows Server & Virtualization Product Management for Microsoft told me that it was a natural move for Microsoft to build on its historic partnership with HP in order to bring a joint private Cloud offering to market.
Input from customers buying servers indicated the need for a new acquisition model complemented by an evolution of configuration options.
œWe™re enabling a new Cloud computing model. The pressure we™re seeing from everybody in the market place is to set up and provision computing resources on a much larger scale, different to how it™s been done in the past and in a far more efficient model, Mcann said.