Microsoft and HP recently established a partnership to develop new appliances for the data center, and the first product is ready for release, according to Redmond Channel Partner.
The appliance runs on HP hardware and Microsoft software, called the HP Business Decision Appliance. The new device combines Microsoft’s Windows Server, SQL Server and SharePoint in one package, which is designed to be installed in less than an hour.
The appliance contains a standardized set of applications and hardware, which allows for implementation of BI systems throughout an organization. The product also focuses on the analysis and business processes that define BI solutions.
The second product in the series is scheduled to be released within the next six weeks and the remaining two later in 2011.
"The Enterprise Data Warehouse Appliance is targeted at high-end, data warehousing scenarios, but there's also many cases where companies are looking for an entry-level data warehouse or a data mart that complements their enterprise data warehouse," said Fausto Ibarra, senior director of BI at Microsoft.
Microsoft SharePoint 2010 has increased its market penetration significantly since August 2010, jumping to 44 percent as of January, according to research by Global 360.