HP lays out messaging strategy

Hewlett-Packard last week detailed its messaging strategy for large enterprises and Internet service providers, and upgraded its OpenMail package.

The ISP piece of the company's strategy involves the integration of HP's Smart Internet service management technologies with Software.com's InterMail messaging application.

This integration will help service providers monitor and manage messaging services, according to Nigel Upton, general manager of HP's Communications Software Operation.

No time line has been set for this combined solution.

The enterprise half of the strategy involves a solution that integrates HP NetServer hardware systems and HP OpenView ManageX management utility, as well as Microsoft's Windows NT, Exchange mail server, and Smart Plug-In for Exchange.

HP is also leveraging its recently announced partnership with Nortel Networks to offer voice and data integration capabilities, according to company officials.

In addition, HP detailed OpenMail 6.0, the latest version of its Internet messaging and collaboration system, which now operates on the Linux platform.

Other enhancements include expanded calendar and scheduling capabilities, better remote functionality, support for Microsoft Outlook, and a Web client.

According to one industry analyst, HP has always had a viable offering in the Internet messaging space, with an installed base of approximately 7 million seats, but the company has lacked a clearly articulated Internet strategy.

"They've been doing some really smart stuff, including their recent partnership with BEA Systems around middleware, but they haven't really put a spin on it like their competitors have," said Tracy Corbo, a senior analyst at Dataquest, in San Jose, California.

OpenMail 6.0 is available now. Pricing depends on the specific deployment configuration.

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