Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprise have partnered to facilitate hybrid cloud computing within the enterprise by means of hardware provided by HPE that enables enterprises to deploy and manage Azure-based private clouds. The cornerstone of the collaboration between Microsoft and HPE features the HPE Hyper-Converged 250 for Microsoft Cloud Platform System Standard appliance, a hyper-converged infrastructure that empowers customers to deploy Windows and Linux-based workloads onto the Azure cloud. The appliance also features an integrated management console that provides insight into the performance of their Azure deployment. HPE will provide assistance with support for hardware and software to accelerate deployment cycles and ensure customers can expeditiously deploy and manage an Azure-based private cloud based on infrastructure within their data centers alongside their public cloud-based Azure deployments. The partnership designates Azure as HP’s preferred public cloud partners whereas correspondingly, Azure designates HP its preferred infrastructure partner for hybrid clouds. The collaboration between HPE and Microsoft underscores the acumen behind Microsoft’s strategic vision for bringing Azure to the enterprise and leveraging its long-standing relationships with enterprise customers to take command of the leadership position in the critical arena of hybrid cloud deployment and management.