HP places a $US100 million e-business bet on BEA

As part of its electronic services initiative, Hewlett-Packard this week announced a strategic alliance with and a $US100 million financial commitment to middleware and application server vendor BEA Systems.

The goal of the agreement, the companies said, is to provide customers with the software infrastructure for building electronic-commerce applications and for integrating them with legacy enterprise environments.

Part of HP's $100 million commitment to BEA - to be paid over three years - is marked for the joint development of products in the categories of enterprise application integration and component-based e-commerce solutions built on the BEA WebLogic Web application server and the BEA Tuxedo transaction server.

In the area of application integration, BEA eLink solutions will be developed on HP's platforms and integrated with HP products, including OpenView, Praesidium, MC/ServiceGuard, WebQoS, and ChangeEngine. These eLinks serve to connect commerce applications with legacy infrastructure, company officials said. The companies will also co-develop "e-components," which are building blocks for e-commerce applications.

In addition to the joint development piece of the agreement, HP will resell the entire BEA product line and the two companies will jointly staff global technology centers for helping customers build and deploy electronic-business solutions, officials said.

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