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HP extends E-Services into Web hosting

Expanding its current E-Services-on-Tap initiative, Hewlett-Packard has begun offering Web-hosting services to businesses that desire a strong business-to-business hub without the cost of deployment.

HP's E-Services-on-Tap initiative, which was announced last month, provides billing, tutorial, and messaging services on a pay-as-you-go basis.

By moving into the Web-hosting domain, HP plans to apply the same pay-as-you-go model to a modular Web farm that will give customers the freedom to choose how much bandwidth and storage they feel they need and to pay for only the amount actually used, according to HP representative Brian Schwartz.

Meanwhile, HP also extended its e-commerce reach by announcing a program to fund Internet startups for as much as $2 million. Under the HP Garage Program banner, HP will require any company seeking funding to have at least $250,000 in capital and a legitimate business plan.

As part of the new program, the company will offer a number of new services beyond hosting. The Garage Program will offer help in locating venture capital funding, marketing services through HP's co-marketing relationship with Corporate Yahoo, and help and technology to build a Web site. The Garage Program adds $500 million to the $1 billion HP committed last December to its investment program, and increases the original $1 million financing for qualified dot-coms to $2 million.

CA extends $US4 billion bid for Sterling Computer Associates International has extended its offer to buy Sterling Software to give the US Department of Justice more time to complete its regulatory review of the deal. CA said the Government was specifically reviewing additional documents and information pursuant to Federal antitrust laws.

VA Linux fattens up

Attempting to establish itself as a player to be reckoned with in the increasingly critical Internet infrastructure market, Linux distribution vendor VA Linux Systems has acquired both TruSolutions, builder of rack-mount servers, and NetAttach, which makes high availability storage devices.

"We believe these acquisitions will reinforce our position in the Linux market by broadening our current product offerings and giving us access to tremendous engineering talent for future generation products," said Larry Augustin, president and CEO of VA Linux Systems, recently launched in Australia.


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