HP (NYSE:HPQ) and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) have announced four new converged application appliances that fuse applications, infrastructure and productivity tools into a single system. According to this recent news release, these solutions can help organizations optimize employee productivity and decision-making, while simplifying the delivery of applications for IT.
"The HP Business Decision Appliance is available now to run business intelligence services, and the HP E5000 Messaging System for Microsoft Exchange Server is planned to be available in 45 days to run messaging services. Two other appliances are expected to be available later this year.
"'Previously, to install all the required software and configure the components would have taken us several days. Now, not only our business analysts but the broader user community can use a familiar tool, Microsoft Excel, to create and analyze data in new and unique ways.'"
"Until now there have been two ways to deploy critical business applications: highly customized deployments that take too long, or proprietary stacks of applications and infrastructure that are inherently rigid and slow to change. The result is only 32 percent of IT projects that deliver critical business applications are rated as 'successful' by the organizations implementing them."