Hewlett-Packard and VMWare revealed Wednesday that they have taken their partnership a step further with the goal of providing additional options for enterprises that are considering tackling IT consolidation projects.
Under the new alliance, resources from HP Consulting, HP Customer Support & Subscription Services, VMware software, industry-standard HP ProLiant servers, and HP StorageWorks will be available to customers.
In addition, HP Services now offers HP-branded services for supported operating systems, including Microsoft Windows and Linux, within VMware virtual machines.
Finally, HP customers can now set up a single point for support through the vendor's portfolio of service contracts.
This agreement builds on a relationship announced in June 2002 that laid the groundwork for HP and VMware to jointly market and develop products and services designed to simplify configuration, deployment, management, and support for HP ProLiant servers running in consolidated environments.
The agreement also builds on HP's portfolio of resources for IT consolidation projects and supports the HP Adaptive Enterprise vision.
"Enterprise customers need solutions to help them increase server utilization, reduce IT costs and benefit from improved system and application management," said Ron Eller, vice president, Solutions division, HP Industry Standard Servers.
"With VMware software complementing our ProLiant Essentials management tools, HP customers can gain more agility, accountability and a better return on IT," Eller added.
HP is a charter member of the VMware Preferred Hardware Partner Program. The vendor notes that it offers more certified VMware ESX Servers than any other VMware solution partner.