Having spent a few years trying to make headway in the application server market, Hewlett Packard (HP) has now decided to strengthen its alliance with market leader BEA for its WebLogic products.
The two companies announced at this week's BEA eWorld Europe 2002 conference in Paris that they will jointly market, sell and deliver integrated systems that include hardware, software and services across all HP operating systems.
"The agreement means not only that BEA is the preferred partner but the standard Compaq/HP offering," said BEA chief executive Alfred Chuang.
"[HP] has gone on its own for a long time. We are very glad because it will further strengthen our relationship."
HP earlier bought the Bluestone application server technology and had embedded some of the functionality. But it failed to make an impact on a market dominated by BEA and IBM.
Under the terms of the agreement, each company has named the other as its preferred strategic partner and will jointly identify and deliver Java 2 Enterprise Edition ebusiness software for joint customers.
The systems cover the broad spectrum of enterprise-level operating environments, including HP-UX and Tru64 Unix on current and future Intel Itanium environments, OpenVMS, NonStop Kernel from the former Tandem, Linux plus Windows 2000 and NT.
HP will also become a preferred strategic systems integration partner and create a dedicated team of BEA-certified consultants.
Meanwhile, HP-UX will be the first Unix operating system supported by BEA on Itanium and will be a BEA preferred strategic partner for services management on HP OpenView.
Further co-operation and integration is expected. For instance, HP is evaluating WebLogic JRockit Java Virtual Machine (JVM) with a view to making it its own standard JVM on Intel architecture, for which JRockit is optimised.
Also announced is the general availability of WebLogic Platform 7.0 which includes the WebLogic Server 7.0 application server, WebLogic Portal 7.0, WebLogic Integration 7.0 integration services broker, and WebLogic Workshop integrated Java development environment.
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