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Posted by Richard Fichera on March 9, 2011
In another token that the movement toward converged infrastructures and vertically integrated solutions is becoming ever more mainstream, HP and Microsoft recently announced a line of specialized appliances that combine integrated hardware, software and pre-packaged software targeting Exchange email, business analytics with Microsoft SharePoint and PowerPivot, and data warehousing with SQL Server. The offerings include:
These products are the first major fruits of a major collaboration between HP and Microsoft that was announced in 2010, and represent a significant endorsement (along with a step up in competition) of the concept of integrated application-specific solutions. For users and Infrastructure & Operations professionals these offerings represent an efficient way to bring on board critical capacity for critical applications, and for HP and Microsoft they represent an efficient path to market with standardized configurations of product. In Forrester’s opinion the slight price premiums over the equivalent un-integrated components are well worth the missed aggravation, time and risk of either self-integration of the cost of hiring a third party to perform the same tasks.
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