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HP Radically Simplifies Integration of Open Source and Commercial Software


PALO ALTO, Calif., April 4, 2006, HP today introduced the industry’s first offerings of hardware, software and services to simplify the integration of open source and commercial software.

Designed to accelerate the adoption of open source software in data centers, the new HP Open Source Integrated Portfolio (OSIP) provides customers with an easy way to deploy a wide range of open source, commercial and hybrid applications across Linux, Windows® and HP-UX 11i environments.

HP leveraged its open source engagements with thousands of customers worldwide to bring standardized, heterogeneous open source offerings to a broader market using an approach based on a service-oriented architecture.

With the introduction of HP OSIP, which includes new HP Open Source Middleware Stacks (OSMS), HP is providing customers with single source accountability for integrated stacks. The solutions include components from industry-leading partners and come complete with the HP global consulting and support services needed for effective deployment.

“There’s a growing demand for integrated open source and commercial solutions on multiple operating systems, and customers want one trusted source of accountability,” said Christine Martino, vice president, Open Source and Linux Organization, HP. “The HP Open Source Integrated Portfolio provides that confidence to companies making open source a part of their overall strategy to be more adaptive in the marketplace.”

HP OSMS gives customers three new ways to integrate open source technology on HP platforms:

HP Open Source Building Blocks are HP-supported software components that enable customers to easily buy and implement open source middleware using a single source for sales, subscriptions and support. Current building blocks include the JBoss Application Server, JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite (JEMS) and Symas Corporation’s distribution of OpenLDAP, Connexitor™ Directory Services.
HP Open Source Blueprints are workload-specific recipes for customers to design and implement their own integrated, HP-supported middleware stacks with HP configuration guidance. HP Open Source Building Blocks are leveraged to construct the blueprints of tested and supported open source stacks. Initial blueprints include Web Application Server and J2EE Application Server.
HP Open Source Services are what brings all of the pieces together with customers’ off-the-shelf or home applications. Consulting teams help customers incorporate middleware stacks into service-oriented architectures. HP professionals work with customers to build and integrate middleware environments based on open source as well as commercial software across multi-OS environments.
All three components of HP OSMS are designed and tested to help ensure customers can confidently deploy complete open source and commercial technology integration throughout an enterprise. They also are supported by HP’s 6,500 open source service professionals worldwide to run on Linux, Windows and HP-UX 11i.

“HP was an early proponent of identifying and supporting layered open source software that complements the Linux operating system. The company’s past efforts have empowered customers to deploy these technologies with confidence,” said Al Gillen, research director, System Software, IDC. “The announcement of the HP Open Source Integrated Portfolio extends the richness and breadth of the company’s open source solutions and delivers a key building block for today’s IT customer.”

More information on the HP Open Source Integrated Portfolio, including the HP Open Source Middleware Stacks, other offerings and support services, is available at

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