The HP Business Decision Appliance, a business intelligence system built on top of an HP ProLiant DL380 server with eight cores, will start at nearly $28,000, not including the cost of SQL Server 2008 R2 and SharePoint 2010. The appliance, available today from HP and so-called HP/Microsoft Frontline channel partners, comes with three years of hardware and software support services. The three years of services will also be applied to the Enterprise Data Warehouse Appliance and a third product called the HP E5000 Messaging System.
The messaging system will be available in March and start at $36,000, not including the price of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010.
The new systems are rounded out with the HP Business Data Warehouse Appliance, designed for small and midsized businesses; and the HP Database Consolidation Appliance, which uses Hyper-V and SQL Server 2008 R2 to consolidate hundreds of databases into a smaller virtual environment. The Business Data Warehouse Appliance will be available in June and the Database Consolidation Appliance will be available in the second half of 2011.
HP and Microsoft said they are aiming to make the appliances modular enough to be adapted to private cloud networks and public cloud services such as Windows Azure.
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