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HP Debuts E-Commerce Strategy and Products

Hewlett-Packard Company today unveiled its electronic-commerce server platform, HP Domain Commerce, announced a Web Quality of Service (Web QoS) strategy, and introduced its correlating product, HP ServiceControl.

The aggressive initiative was announced in San Fransisco at HP's "How to Succeed In E-Business" forum and expands on the company's previously announced e-commerce agenda.

The Domain Commerce server platform comes bundled with software for deploying e-commerce applications and provides functionality for Web QoS and technologies for payment, imaging and management via a scalable platform. The suite of technologies includes applications from BroadVision, iCAT, Intershop and Open Market. It is geared to a clientele of enterprises, system integrators and ISPs and is scheduled to ship this August. It will retail for $3,995.

"The Web server is evolving from a static content server for non-business-critical information to an intelligent, transaction-intensive server that is an integral part of the enterprise computing environment," said Nigel Ball, general manager of HP's Internet and Applications Systems Division. "With HP Domain Commerce, we are helping our customers extend their business processes to the Internet by combining our mission-critical expertise, products and services as a fundamental part of the Web server, and by partnering with leading application vendors to provide a complete electronic-commerce solution."

HP also said that its new Web Qos strategy is designed to reduce the "World Wide Wait" encountered when accessing crowded Web sites. The Web QoS is able to predict a site's wait time and relay the information to the user. HP said the product will aid online businesses in providing services to special customers and also enable service providers to prioritize services. For example, online banking can be given priority ahead of browsing.

Web QoS was developed in collaboration with Cisco Systems, Inc., employing its CiscoAssure Policy Networking technologies.

To support the Web QoS strategy, HP will release its ServiceControl software to be used on HP's enterprise servers. It provides admission control, persistent connections, HP Domain management, and load-balancing control. Shipping of ServiceControl will begin in June, priced at $800 per CPU.

"Our customers are telling us that they can't apply the Internet to e-commerce as aggressively as they'd like because they can't predict or control Internet traffic very easily," said Ball. "HP's Web QoS technologies and HP ServiceControl are taking the uncertainty out of Internet service. By delivering a predictable and controllable environment that will help our customers use the Internet to create new business opportunities, we can increase their confidence in using the Internet for mission-critical commerce applications."



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