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HP teams up with Tibco to target service providers

Continuing to round out its e-business infrastructure stack, Hewlett-Packard (HP) signed a three-year partnership with Tibco Software on 30 April that will see it build and deliver products aimed squarely at the service provider and telecom space.

Analysts said that HP needed enterprise application integration (EAI) 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 which will 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 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 two months or so, we'll make our plans 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 Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) and Extensible Markup Language (XML).

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