The SAP Portals and HP alliance will jointly dedicate engineering resources to port SAP's Enterprise Portal to run on HP-UX 11i.
The resulting product, SAP Portals Enterprise Portal for HP-UX, is slated for availability in the third quarter.
Primarily targeting manufacturing, finance, telecom, and government industries, the agreement is designed to ease enterprise portal implementations and provide a scalable foundation for portal infrastructure, according to the companies.
The deal also calls for HP Services to become a global consulting and implementation partner for the delivery of SAP enterprise portal offerings.
HP said it would dedicate implementation and support services for delivering SAP enterprise portals on HP-UX and HP NetServer infrastructure.
Combining SAP Portals' and HP's hardware, technology expertise, and consulting services will help move enterprise portal initiatives from conception to reality, said Rick Bartlett, general manager for the relationship solutions organisation at HP.
"This is really about bringing the user to the portal. Our customers will benefit from the combined resources, making it fast and easy to deploy enterprise portals," he said. "We are applying our infrastructure, including cross-platform support and storage, to meet customer needs around security and scalability."
Tuning the underlying platform to work optimally for a specific portal environment is critical to ensure portal security and high availability, two of the most pressing requirements for enterprise portal deployments, Bartlett said.
The agreement with HP follows a similar pact with Novell in which the two companies intend to reduce administration costs while increasing security by bundling SAP's Enterprise Portal platform with Novell's LDAP-based identity management software. The combination will give SAP portal users an easier way to manage user identities within the portal.