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HP Gives App Servers Another Try

The partnership will give HP a chance to compete with IBM, which has rolled up the revenue by combining its WebSphere product line with its vast professional services offerings. Most of WebSphere's market success can be attributed to IBM's ability to deliver software and consulting bundles. And many enterprises have wrapped hardware into the package, including IBM-supported Linux servers, making the purchase even sweeter. With JBoss, HP can offer a similar bundle of hardware, software and services.

If the HP-JBoss partnership works as well as HP hopes, the loser may be HP's current app-server partner, BEA Systems. BEA is being squeezed on the low end by JBoss and on the high end by WebSphere.

For IT departments, however, the partnership is good news. If you want cost-effective but fully supported app servers, the HP-JBoss combo is worth a look.