HP, Tibco team up and target service providers

Continuing to round out its e-business infrastructure stack, Hewlett-Packard on Monday signed a three-year partnership with Tibco Software that will see them build and deliver products aimed squarely at the service provider and telecom space.

Analysts said that HP needed EAI (enterprise application integration) and business-to-business integration pieces to fill in its offerings.

The two companies will package each other's components together so HP's OpenView management solutions can be used to integrate Tibco's e-business infrastructure software with the HP Netaction Internet operating environment. The result will be products and solutions designed to help customers to implement and manage e-business solutions, according to Angus MacDonald, Tibco's vice president of strategic alliances. Also, HP consultants will recommend Tibco, in Palo Alto, Calif., as a preferred integration vendor.

"We're looking at companies that need to connect from the network management layer all the way up to business management," he said. "Initially we're focusing on service providers and telecoms, but we're looking at other industries where the solutions make sense."

Although MacDonald said it was too early to discuss any products that may emerge from the relationship, he said that more details are forthcoming.

"As we finalise the road map in the next 2 months or so, we'll make our plans pretty public," he added.

The initial platforms that joint solutions will support are HP-UX, Windows NT, and Linux, with an emphasis on standards such as J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) and XML.

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