HP and Microsoft are preparing for a three year, $250 million collaboration which aims to prepare small businesses for the shift towards cloud computing.
The added investment will not only see the pair work closely together on sales, marketing and engineering, but also represents a commitment from Microsoft to buy HP hardware for their Windows Azure set-ups.
“This agreement, which spans hardware, software and services, will enable business customers to optimize performance with push-button simplicity at the lowest possible total cost of ownership,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in a statement.
“Our extended partnership will transform the way large enterprises deliver services to their customers, and help smaller organizations adopt IT to grow their businesses. Microsoft and HP are betting on each other so our customers don’t have to gamble on IT.”