Hewlett-Packard and Oracle is expected to announce a major alliance later today that will push the cause of HPUX and come as a blow to both Microsoft and Sun Microsystems.
The two companies will detail some mutual backscratching, including the promotion of HP's Unix operating system to become a primary development platform for Oracle's 8i database. (see Newswire 20 September)
Oracle currently uses Sun Microsystems' Solaris as the primary development platform, along with Windows NT, which it plans to review.
HP is also expected to say that Oracle is to incorporate HP's eSpeak Internet services technology into its software, giving a major boost to what has up to now been an initiative based more on theory than practice.
This would provide eSpeak with use of Oracle's software repository, a way of storing software objects for use by applications. This is a necessary addition to the eSpeak armoury because it requires some form of repository software to store and provide software components to Internet services.
Oracle executives were tight lipped about the announcement, being hosted by new chief executive Carly Fiorina later this afternoon, but one confirmed to VNU Newswire that the announcement would include cooperation on eSpeak technology.
According to the company, eSpeak is HP's initiative to provide a common services interface for creating, deploying, managing and connecting Internet services from providers to end users by dynamic brokering. (see Newswire 19 May 1999)
HP already said this week it would be the first to bundle Oracle's .Com Suite, Web serving software for smaller companies to quickly set up an Internet presence, on its new low end Unix server the L Class, announced yesterday.
Yesterday HP also announced an alliance with mobile phone vendor Nokia to develop and package systems for use by telecoms providers with wireless application protocol (WAP) services to mobile devices.
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