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HP and JBoss Warm Up To One Another

HP and JBoss Warm Up To One Another

Hewlett Packard will begin providing support for JBoss' open source Java application server, it was announced. The move will provide HP's Linux server customers with hardware and software support.

The move may well improve JBoss' audience, through the added credibility associating with HP is thought to bring. The hardware manufacturer, as recently as two years ago, attempted to enter the open source market, with the acquisition of Bluestone Software, a maker of Java application server software. The venture failed, and was discontinued.

The company has not abandoned its ambitions. "The combination of HP industry-standard hardware and exceptional support with solutions from key partners has broad appeal to enterprise customers looking to simplify their infrastructures and save money," said Martin Fink, vice president, Linux, HP. "Our expanded agreement with JBoss allows more customers to easily realize the cost savings and flexibility benefits of deploying Linux and open source on HP systems."

HP last week said it would extend its OpenView Management tool to track the JBoss application server.

For corporate customers this means only HP will provide them with uninterrupted support services. Before this, JBoss was the company customers turned to in order to resolve larger issues. HP was serving in a far smaller capacity, helping customers with minor configuration concerns. Fink, however, said HP is able to provide better and more knowledge support since it has access to the JBoss software source code.

IBM's WebSphere Java server and its DB2 database products will likely feel the animus of the new allegiance between HP and JBoss. The combination holds a potential threat, noted Pierre Fricke, an analyst with D.H. Brown. "If HP and JBoss can build an ecosystem around JBoss," he said, "then they can become a significant player."

More Stories By Jeremy Geelan

Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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