HP ties knot with BEA
Hewlett-Packard is set to become a preferred strategic systems integrator for BEA with a dedicated team of BEA-certified consultants, and HP-UX will become BEA's first enterprise-class Unix operating system supported by Intel's 64-bit Itanium processor, the companies have announced. The companies will jointly market BEA's software across all of HP's operating systems including HP-UX, OpenVMS, NonStop Kernel and Tru64 Unix, as well as Windows and Linux. HP disclosed to financial analysts earlier this month that it would "retire" its money-losing middleware products, which include the application server acquired two years ago from Bluestone Software. Industry sources have said that HP is trying to sell off its middleware division, and that it plans to rely instead on partnerships with vendors.
B2B gone for $US800m
General Electric has sold its Global Exchange Services business-to-business e-commerce exchange for $US800 million to Francisco Partners. Set to be complete by the end of October, the deal sees GXS president and CEO Harvey Seegers continue to lead the B2B company, while GE will retain a 10 per cent share. The announcement led some analysts to speculate that GE was having trouble making money in the business-to-business space.
Intel quits Web hosting
Intel is scrapping its Web hosting business after less than three years of operation. After kicking off its Intel Online Services (IOS) Web hosting business in 1999, Intel is now winding down operations due to a poor outlook for the Web hosting market. Intel will support customers that had signed up for the service for the next 12 months while it works to move them over to a new hosting company. As a result of cancelling the business, Intel expects to take a charge of close to $US100 million in its second quarter, related to the write-down of capital assets and other costs.