Today, industry trends such as the cloud, the consumerization of IT and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), big data, and mission-critical computing are transforming datacenter computing. Furthermore, these trends are likely to deliver new value and new ways of doing business for many years to come.
Research shows that 60 percent of midsize companies with 500 to 5,000 PCs still run Windows Server 2003 and have an aging server infrastructure. Compare this to the estimation that more than 80 percent of applications will be virtualized by 2015 (according to IDC), and it’s no wonder that CIOs are quickly realizing the need to change their IT approach from reactive to proactive. As a result, spending on virtualized hardware and software is slated to reach 43 percent of all datacenter spending by 2014. Mobility—specifically virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)—is becoming the highest growth driver and is predicted to double from $500 million in 2012 to $1 billion worldwide by 2017.
Businesses that want to maximize return on investment (ROI) on this type of spending must first understand the basic underlying problems that their investments are aiming to overcome. This level of understanding allows organizations to choose the right solutions to address those problems and give them the most for their money. To enable these businesses, Microsoft and HP are excited to announce a joint go-to-market approach called Modern Infrastructure. This approach includes solutions that are tailored to address three clearly defined and differentiated end-to-end scenarios:
- Server Virtualization and Private Cloud—Some customers are looking to scale IT resources and services on-demand and reduce operational expenses. A solution comprising Virtualization smart bundles and HP Cloud Solution for Microsoft, built on HP VirtualSystem VS3 for Microsoft, best addresses this scenario.
- Client Virtualization/VDI—Other customers want to empower their increasingly mobile workforce by delivering business applications anywhere, on any device. For these organizations, the HP Client Virtualization SMB Reference Architecture for Microsoft is a great way to address their needs
- Data Management and Business Intelligence—Still other customers need to more effectively grow by unlocking actionable insights from large volumes of data. HP AppSystem for SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse, HP Fast Track, and Database Consolidation Reference Architectures (RAs) are industry-leading solutions that enable business to use data as a competitive advantage.
These scenarios directly align with challenges that many businesses are grappling with. These issues remain largely unsolved because most organizations are running datacenters on older versions of Windows Server (Windows Server 2003 or even earlier) that are nearing the end of mainstream support, and on aging hardware that has most likely exceeded its warranty. In short, businesses need to modernize their server infrastructure now more than ever, while ensuring business continuity by keeping their applications up and running even in the event of a disaster. The Modern Infrastructure program will empower businesses to solve these challenges with a comprehensive set of innovative, integrated, and cost-effective end-to-end solutions.
The WPC Conference in Houston, TX, July 7 through 11, offers several ways to learn about the Modern Infrastructure program. If you’re a partner attending WPC, Takeshi Numoto’s value keynote on July 8 discussed Microsoft’s partner programs and investments from partners such as HP. You can also see the solutions in action at the HP and Microsoft booths. And visit the HP/Microsoft Forefront Partner Portalto get more information on the go-to-market program. When you’re ready to engage, contact your HP or Microsoft account manager.
It’s a win-win proposition for our partners and businesses. Partners embark on a journey with industry leaders Microsoft and HP, which share a vision to enable businesses through modern infrastructure; customers quickly realize value for money with guaranteed ROIs.