HP and Microsoft Cloud News
October 17, 2013

HP Announces Cloud Partnership with Entertainment Heavy Hitters
20th Century Fox has chosen HP as its strategic cloud partner, the latter company recently announced. Fox will use HP's cloud resources to improve its scalability while keeping its assets safe and secure. John Herbert, executive vice president and CIO for Fox, noted that the cloud "provides an ideal environment to support our internal cross-divisional customer needs."

HP with Deluxe Digital Cinema EMEA to help the London-based organization improve the speed, security and quality of its film and trailer distribution network. Deluxe Digital will leverage HP Enterprise Cloud Services to distribute films to approximately 3,000 European cinemas, a number which may increase to 8,600 within the next five years.

Microsoft Makes Global Headlines
Microsoft, the government of Columbia and the indigenous Arhuaco people have initiated a cloud-based project with the goal of preserving both the Arhuaco's traditional culture and the environment in this region. The Arhuaco will use Microsoft cloud services to keep accurate records of themselves and their lands. This information will allow the Colombian government to avoid intruding on the Arhuaco's way of life as well as better ensure the viability of the region's biodiversity.

Telefonica, a worldwide leading provider of integration communication technology, also announced that it will deploy Microsoft Office 365 for its global operations. With the aim of simplifying its IT while improving agility and reducing costs, Telefonica will make Microsoft Office 365 available to its more than 130,000 employees in 24 countries. This initiative is expected to reduce collaboration services costs by as much as 20 percent without sacrificing security or privacy.

And in the UK, Janet, the United Kingdom's research and education network, has reached an agreement with Microsoft which will speed up and better secure cloud computing services for 18 million staff and students at UK universities. The agreement, which was signed at Goldsmiths University of London, establishes a private link between Microsoft's Dublin-based Windows Azure datacenter and the Janet network. Affiliated education providers can now offer students use of Office 365 software.