HP offers WebLogic on OpenVMS, NonStop servers

Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) extended an alliance with BEA Systems Inc. Wednesday, offering BEA's WebLogic Server software on additional HP hardware and software platforms.

WebLogic Server is now available on HP's AlphaServer line running the OpenVMS operating system, and on its Proliant servers, which are based on Intel Corp. processors, running Linux , HP said in a statement. The company expects to offer WebLogic Server on its fault-tolerant NonStop servers in June, HP said.

Officials from the two companies were unavailable for comment early Wednesday.

HP has been a close partner of BEA. Since killing off its own family of middleware products last year, HP has been promoting WebLogic Server as the Java application server of choice. In September it began bundling WebLogic with HP-UX along with a trial license good for six months.

HP has said it plans to phase out its Alpha processor, along with its PA-RISC chip, with the hope that customers will switch to servers based on Intel's Itanium processor, which it helped develop. The last new Alpha chip is due early next year, although HP has said it will continue to sell AlphaServers for some time after that.

OpenVMS, like Alpha, was developed by the former Digital Equipment Corp., swallowed by Compaq and then inherited by HP. It has been used traditionally in the finance and telecommunication sectors. While the Alpha chip on which it runs will be consigned to history, HP has said it will offer OpenVMS on Itanium servers starting next year.

Offering WebLogic Server on OpenVMS will allow customers to continue running applications on existing systems while making use of the J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) functionality in BEA's middleware, HP said. In the future those customers be able to "seamlessly" move their applications to Itanium, HP said.

HP's NonStop server line was also gained through its purchase of Compaq. The systems were known by the name Himalaya until HP renamed them after the merger.

The companies announced a joint support agreement Wednesday for customers running BEA's software on the NonStop systems. The agreement creates "a formal support relationship between HP and BEA that outlines call management processes to be used to resolve interoperability concerns on behalf of joint customers," HP said.

Customers can call either BEA or HP with a problem and they will work together to identify the cause and then assign it to the appropriate support group. Support for HP servers running HP-UX, OpenVMS, Windows, Tru-64 Unix and Linux are planned to be available within 90 days, HP said.

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