Hewlett Packard (HP) is to pump $100 million into middleware developer Bea Systems over the next three years as part of a joint ecommerce offensive.
The move follows HP?s decision last year to resell and support Bea?s Tuxedo transaction processing (TP) monitor and related middleware. HP agreed to integrate Bea?s Transaction Server, Jolt Internet middleware and Connect connectivity software with its own Praesidium security offerings and MC/ServiceGuard clustering software.
But the two companies have now said they will integrate their existing ecommerce products for HP to resell.
Bea will also invest $50 million over the next two years in creating a new unit dubbed Bea Esolutions, which will have offices worldwide that test how well the offerings work together. It will be staffed by a total of 200 people.
Such products include Bea?s Elink software for integrating enterprise applications, Tuxedo, and the firm?s forthcoming component based ecommerce development tools, which run against the Bea Web Logic application server.
These will support HP?s own middleware, which includes a range of security and business process reengineering software and HP?s Open View network management applications.
Bill Coleman, Bea?s chief executive, said the agreement would enable the company to break out of its traditional middleware market and into the ecommerce space.
Key to this will be its Component Development Centre (CDC) prebuilt application components, which will be sold with Elink so that users can integrate their CDC packages with legacy and enterprise resource planning applications such as SAP?s R/3.
Coleman said: "Customers who want to successfully build and deploy ecommerce systems need more than just a fancy user interface. Internet data centres need rock solid, reliable infrastructure and a way to leverage and integrate their entire existing multiplatform IT solutions."
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