The HP Business Decision Appliance, according to HP and Microsoft, is designed to put the power of BI into the hands of non-tech-savvy business users. It enables users to create and share their own data analysis with Microsoft's PowerPivot add-in for Excel and to collaborate with SharePoint. IT, meanwhile, can centrally audit, monitor, and manage user-created BI solutions from a single dashboard. Pricing for the HP Business Decision Appliance is around $28,000; licenses for SQL Server 2008 R2 and SharePoint 2010 are separate.
HP and Microsoft's data-wrangling ambitions don't end there. The HP Database Consolidation Appliance, due out in the second half of this year, draws on SQL Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud to consolidate hundreds of databases into a single virtual environment. The end result is a private cloud database that delivers scalability and dynamic elasticity, according to the companies. Pricing was not disclosed.
Finally, the HP E5000 Messaging system is, according to the companies, the industry's first self-contained, preconfigured platform for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010. Designed to scale to meet company's needs, the system offers centralized archiving, along with built-in features including the HP Quick Deployment tool, which validates configuration and Active Director permissions to speed implementation.
The companies have baked in features that supporting best practices, such as fully redundant hardware and Database Availability Groups, a feature in Exchange 2010 that continuously replicated data.
The HP E5000 Messaging System is due out in March and will start at $36,000, excluding the licensing for Exchange Server 2010.
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