Feeds

HP to give away BEA application server

Going a bundle

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The essential guide to IT transformation

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence

Hewlett-Packard and BEA Systems will today announce that BEA's WebLogic application server will be bundled free with all copies of the HP-UX 11i operating system worldwide. Customers can utilize a fully functioning copy of WebLogic for free for six months, after which time they will need to license the software at list prices for continued use.

Furthermore, HP has said that it will soon offer to bundle WebLogic with all HP platforms including NonStop Kernel, Open VMS, and the Tru64 Unix, as well as Windows 2000 and Linux.

The news further strengthens BEA and HP's existing partnership, which already saw BEA as the application server of choice for HP platforms, with HP cross-marketing and selling WebLogic.

HP had tried and failed to establish its own application server - garnered via the acquisition of BlueStone - as the app server for HP platforms, but in July abandoned its NetAction Java and web services middleware strategy, saying then that BEA would become its application server of choice. HP cited "heavy losses" for its decision to exit the middleware market with its own products.

The free bundling deal comes into force worldwide immediately, and those who already have HP-UX 11i can request a free copy of the WebLogic server from either BEA or HP. HP will also announce today that its OpenView systems management software can also be used to monitor and manage Java 2 Enterprise Edition applications running on the WebLogic platform. This brings WebLogic applications into the OpenView management console.

Peter Cook, BEA alliances director, told ComputerWire that BEA hopes that the majority of customers will license BEA's WebLogic at the end of the six months free period, and said that HP and BEA had written software utilities to help automate the process of moving from HP's former NetAction app server to BEA's own. Cook also said that BEA would not announce similar bundling deals with other companies' operating systems. However, he also stressed that BEA would not be optimizing WebLogic for HP operating systems to the detriment of other vendors' operating systems.

Customers opting to use WebLogic for free for six months will be offered "full" support for the platform via BEA's EvalNet, which provides support newsgroups, online technical resources, and access to BEA's team of developer relations engineers via the web.

© ComputerWire

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media
Not paying Murdoch? You're gonna get a right LEGALLING - thanks to automated software
Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage
Web-based flea market struck dumb by size and scale of fail
Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes
Etailer plans to undercut rivals with low transaction fee offer
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
XBOX One will learn to play media from USB and DLNA sources
Hang on? Aren't those file formats you hardly ever see outside torrents?
Class war! Wikipedia's workers revolt again
Bourgeois paper-shufflers have 'suspended democracy', sniff unpaid proles
'Aaaah FFS, 'amazeballs' has made it into the OXFORD DICTIONARY'
Plus: 'EE, how shocking, ANOTHER problem I face with your service'
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.