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HP and Microsoft Float Cloud Appliances

HP and Microsoft have always been close. Maybe it's all the Windows-based servers and PCs HP sells, but the two get along better than Ozzie and Harriet.

Last year the two lovebirds struck a co-development deal worth a cool quarter of a billion somalians. Now the fruits of that deal are ready to be plucked. HP has an array of appliances that purport to offer a "private cloud in a box."

One appliance is an Exchange server, all set up and ready to go, which can handle around 500 mailboxes. HP also has a range of SQL Server boxes, including a massive data warehousing machine that sells for a mere $2 million. That is some serious crunching.

A number of third parties have built these kinds of plug 'em in and go appliances. While they may be more expensive than a do-it-yourself solution, you can save money in set up and management costs.

Do you like appliances, or prefer the home built approach? Either way, write me at

Posted by Doug Barney on 02/01/2011 at 12:47 PM


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