The ties between Hewlett Packard (HP) and BEA are getting stronger, as the companies continue a joint battle against IBM.
The pair will confirm this afternoon that a free evaluation copy of BEA's WebLogic 7.0 application server will be provided to all new and existing HP-UX 11i customers.
All HP-UX 11i customers will receive a six-month trial of the leading business applications server, with 20 user and 20 client licences.
"This will allow users to develop proper proof-of-concept applications while also being able to evaluate our application server," said Peter Cook, alliances director at BEA UK.
Existing HP-UX users will receive a CD containing the optimised application server, and will gain access to BEA's online support service. "This allows users to get up and running as soon as possible," said Cook.
HP users currently account for around 20 per cent of BEA's customer base, but the strengthening relationship between the two firms will suit both.
BEA has seen its lead in the application server market challenged by strong competition from IBM.
Meanwhile, HP has been looking to strengthen its partnerships with middleware firms, having decided to sell off many parts of its portfolio earlier in the year.
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