HP buys a piece of Baltimore Technologies

In a move to bolster its place in the utility computing market, HP has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to buy the identity management software business of UK-based, Baltimore Technologies.

The acquisition will add another layer to HP’s utility model via its Adaptive Management Platform, and shore up its position against rival utility vendors IBM and Sun Microsystems. The premise behind the utility model is customers pay for their IT services, hardware, or software requirements based on their consumption each month.

HP's Adaptive Management Platform combines parts of its HP OpenView management software suite with its Utility Data Center technology, which is comprised of its virtualisation products.

At the core of the platform is the Utility Controller software, which allows users to disperse bandwidth, storage resources and processor capacity to different applications in their data centres, according to HP.

The company said Baltimore’s SelectAccess software - its identity management software product - would become part of HP’s Adaptive Management portfolio.

SelectAccess is a Web-based, single sign-on product for intranet and extranet users and is intended to offer users additional security and access to network services and enterprise resources.

The partial sale of Baltimore should come as no shock, as the company announced to shareholders at its annual general meeting in May that it was in the process of conducting a "controlled sale process" for parts of the business and was seeking to sell the entire company.

The transaction is expected to close by October 31, 2003, during HP’s fiscal fourth quarter, pending approval from Baltimore’s shareholders.