HP closes middleware gap with Netaction suite

Hewlett-Packard Co. recently closed a glaring gap in its software product portfolio with the delivery of its HP Netaction middleware suite.

The software combines technologies from Bluestone Software Inc. - a recent HP acquisition - with existing HP software such as e-Speak service integration software and HP Process Manager.

The Netaction suite should give users a wide range of XML-based application and service integration capabilities that are needed for building e-commerce business-to-business environments, said Rajiv Gupta, a vice-president at HP.

Netaction's strong support for XML-based technologies means it can be used not just in HP environments but also in cross-platform environments, Gupta said.

"HP is hoping to get a running start in the whole application server space, where they have not had much of a presences until this," said Dwight Davis, an analyst at Summit Strategies Inc. in Boston.

"HP hasn't had a product that's been competitive with IBM's WebSphere or Sun's iPlanet" suite, he added.

The extensive support for XML built into Netaction could give users some added value, Davis said.

Earlier this month, HP enhanced its OpenView systems management technology with tweaks to its network and storage management capabilities as well as new hooks for managing Netaction.

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