Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard have agreed to invest together to prepare customers for "the next generation of business computing," the companies' CEOs plan to announce later today in a joint teleconference.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and HP Chairman and CEO Mark Hurd will be joined by the head of Microsoft's Server and Tools business, Bob Muglia, and the general manager of HP's Enterprise Servers and Networking business, Dave Donatelli.
The announcement is related to IT infrastructure software, according to the URL for further information included in the companies' invitation to attend the teleconference. For Microsoft, IT infrastructure software includes virtualszation technologies, its Forefront security tool, Windows Server and Essential Business Server.
Microsoft and HP are no strangers: In May they announced plans to invest US$180 million over four years in developing and marketing unified communications products and services together.
Developments planned under that collaboration include linking Microsoft's Office Communications Server with HP's Halo conferencing system, and improving support for OCS in HP's Business Technology Optimization software by adding real-time quality-of-service measurement for IP-based voice and video traffic.