HP bridges Java/Microsoft divide


HP bridges Java/Microsoft divide

Eric Doyle
Hewlett-Packard (HP) is rushing to catch up with Microsoft, Oracle, Sun and IBM in the e-services field with the release of the Netaction application server, part of its newly-formed middleware division.

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The Netaction suite is a rebranding of Bluestone's Java Web application server, following HP's acquisition of the company last month, combined with existing products such as E-speak and HP Process Manager. The company's Openview systems management product will also be expanded to embrace the new technologies.

The application server will be the focus of Netaction. It will be the software platform that links supply chains and allows business to be conducted with partners and customers.

According to HP, Netaction's 25 products that target service-centric computing will create an "economic ecosystem" for companies of all sizes. A key component is E-speak which combines Java and XML technologies for announcing and discovering e-services on the Internet. Although E-speak was launched almost two years ago, HP only joined the Oasis XML standards body a few days before last week's product announcements.

With the recent dispute between Sun and Microsoft over the importance of Java in e-business strategies, a key part of the Netaction release is HP's claim of platform independence and integration with Microsoft .net.

Dwight Davis, an analyst at Summit Strategies Group, said, "In the software world there is a clear opportunity for any supplier that can bridge the two worlds of Java and Microsoft. Interoperability and flexibility are key."

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