HP offers WebLogic on OpenVMS, NonStop servers
It's pushing WebLogic Server as the Java application server of choice
IDG News Service - Hewlett-Packard Co. extended its alliance with BEA Systems Inc. today, offering BEA's WebLogic Server software on additional HP hardware and software platforms.
WebLogic Server is now available on HP AlphaServer products running the OpenVMS operating system and on Intel-based HP Proliant servers running Linux, HP said in a statement. The company also said it expects to offer WebLogic Server on its fault-tolerant NonStop servers in June.
Officials from the two companies weren't immediately available for comment.
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 plans to phase out its Alpha processor and its PA-RISC chip in the hope that customers will switch to servers based on Intel's Itanium processor, which HP 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 Digital Equipment Corp., which was swallowed by Compaq Computer Corp. and then inherited by HP. It has traditionally been used in the finance and telecommunications sectors. While the Alpha chip that the operating system runs on 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 Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) functionality in BEA's middleware, HP said. In the future, those customers will be able to "seamlessly" move their applications to Itanium, HP said.
HP also acquired the NonStop server line 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 for customers running BEA's software on the NonStop systems. That 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," according to HP's statement.
Customers can call either BEA or HP with a problem, and the companies 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 is slated to be available within 90 days.
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