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United States : HP mounts huge partner-led offensive

July 14, 2014

Hewlett-Packard is mounting a huge partner-led offensive, with one year until Microsoft pulls the plug on Windows Server 2003 support, with the software major to upgrade a large chunk of the 11.7 million servers still running the 11-year-old operating system.

With what it calls as the HP Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Migration Program, HP said it is putting its solution provider partners on the front lines of the $10 billion prospect.

The program is being launched exactly one year to the day before when Microsoft officially ends Windows Server 2003 support on 14th July, 2015.

HP and Microsoft officially launched the initiative Monday at the latter's Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington DC.

HP said the upgrade program is designed to prevent potentially disastrous security and support challenges facing businesses and even small enterprises still using old servers.

The new program provides partners with strong new fiscal incentives backed up with a complete range of assessment services, tools, training and funding all designed to ensure customers are not caught flat-footed when Windows 2003 support is ended.

Vice President, Global Marketing, SMB and Alliances, Doug Oathout, HP, said : 'This program is going to allow channel partners to migrate customers simpler, faster and more profitably than they could with any other vendor.'

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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