Services Briefs: HP, Compuware, Microsoft

Services Briefs: HP, Compuware, Microsoft

HP downsizes middleware

Hewlett-Packard has finally confirmed that it is discontinuing several middleware products and will instead address that market segment though partnerships with other vendors, including Microsoft and BEA Systems. HP's Netaction Application Server, Netaction Web Services Platform and Web Services Registry are being eliminated, HP said. Transition program details will be announced by September 15, according to the vendor. HP's Netaction product line was created through the company's estimated $US470 million acquisition of Bluestone Software in early 2001.

Compuware sues IBM

Software and services vendor Compuware has filed a second lawsuit against IBM, adding charges of libel and unfair competition to an earlier complaint that IBM is plagiarising Compuware's source code and abusing its dominant market position. Compuware initially sued IBM in March, in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, for allegedly using Compuware source code in its File Manager and Fault Analyser tools. Compuware also said in its complaint that IBM is attempting to crowd ISVs (independent software vendors) out of the market by illegally tying customer purchases of mainframe software tools to purchases of other key IBM software products.

MS maps Exchange's future

The next version of Microsoft's Exchange server software, code-named "Titanium", is scheduled for availability in mid-2003 and will be released to tide customers over until a future version of the software based on its .Net code is shipped. Titanium will be based on the same code used for its predecessor, Exchange 2000, Microsoft's messaging and collaboration server software. Titanium will not be part of Microsoft's .Net portfolio as a future release of Exchange, "Kodiak", is currently being developed for that purpose.

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