HP (HPQ) is expanding its hybrid cloud services presence in the European market following the signing of a commercial agreement with Telecom Italia, a Italy-based telecommunications company.

The agreement will mostly provide HP with a greater presence in Italy, but the telecommunications firm also operates in other areas of Europe and elsewhere in the world. But to kick things off, the real benefit for HP is in providing hybrid cloud services to large enterprises and the government sector in Italy.

"Traditional IT infrastructures don't have the capabilities and bandwidth to handle growing levels of information and demand, so organizations need to move to the new style of IT where cloud delivers round-the-clock connectivity," said Marten Mickos, senior vice president and general manager of cloud at HP, in a prepared statement.

"The combined expertise of HP and Telecom Italia will provide organizations with integrated, proven capabilities that can deliver successful cloud transformations. Migrating from traditional monolithic IT architectures to secure, flexible hybrid cloud infrastructures based on HP Helion technology will reduce customer costs and enable anytime, anywhere access to data, applications and tools," he said.

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Through the agreement, customers will get access to technologies and services enabling them to gain end-to-end management of "their cloud transformation, from initial assessment and definition of business care to transformation of IT, applications and business processes."

"The cloud is a critical factor in enabling the digitalization processes necessary for the growth and development of Italy's national economic system," said Simone Battiferri, business director of Telecom Italia, in a prepared statement. "Thanks to this partnership with HP, Telecom Italia broadens its cloud value proposition for companies and government and enriches its Nuvola Italiana's infrastructure through the adoption of a further, new technology."