HP to offer Enhydra open source application server

Continuing its push into the application server and e-business infrastructure market, Hewlett-Packard Co. said on Monday that it will offer Lutris Technologies Inc.'s open source application server, Enhydra, as a less expensive alternative for midrange and small companies.

Developers can use the Java and XML application server for building wireless and Web applications, according to Greg Schwarzer, the director of partner alliances at Lutris, in Santa Cruz, Calif.

However, one analyst was cautious about whether there will be much demand for the product. Small and medium-sized companies might want an application server pre-installed on HP hardware, but no one has proven it yet, according to Mike Gilpin, an analyst at Giga Information Group Inc. in Cambridge, Mass.

Although there are other open source application servers, Enhydra is the closest thing to a product, Gilpin continued.

"People won't think of it as a high-end, bullet-proof solution, but it might work well at the departmental level, and in smaller companies," Gilpin said.

HP hopped into the application server fray last October when it purchased Bluestone Software Inc., a Philadelphia-based provider of Internet software platforms and tools. With the acquisition, HP obtained Bluestone's J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) and XML technologies.

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