HP plays traffic cop for Java and XML worlds

Hewlett-Packard has unveiled two new server-based software suites designed to provide interoperability between the two new unruly worlds of Java and XML.

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By  Rob Corder Published  February 15, 2001

Hewlett-Packard is taking on IBM, BEA and Sun/NetScape in the application server middleware arena. The company has unveiled two software suites, under the banners of HP Netaction and HP OpenView, that will combine to bridge the new worlds of Java and XML, according to the company.

HP Netaction integrates technologies from recently acquired middleware leader Bluestone Software into HP's existing software portfolio, which includes HP e-speak and HP Process Manager. HP OpenView will remain the family name for an expanded software management suite.

"Nearly two years ago, HP predicted that intelligent, useful e-services would drive the next wave of business development opportunities. As that vision takes root in the world economy, businesses increasingly require a strong, flexible software foundation that lets them change, grow and compete," said Bill Russell, vice president, HP Software Solutions Organisation. "Today, HP is meeting that need with an open standards, multi-OS approach to software that allows enterprises or service providers to easily develop, integrate, deploy and manage their Web services."

"Clearly, HP is serious about software," said P. Kevin Kilroy, former CEO of Bluestone Software and current vice president and general manager, HP Middleware Division. "By integrating Bluestone so creatively, HP can immediately leverage a highly compatible application server based on vendor-neutral J2EE and XML standards that are also compatible with .NET environments. We have extended the reach of HP's Internet operating environment by delivering tools and technology that seamlessly integrate with customer and partner capabilities."

While IBM, BEA and iPlanet may have stolen an early mover advantage over HP, analysts say there is still room for improvement. "In the software world, there is a clear opportunity for any vendor that can bridge the two worlds of Java and Microsoft," said Dwight Davis, analyst for Summit Strategies, Inc. "Interoperability and flexibility are key."

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