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Intel Details Software Blueprints

While scores of firms teed off with their Web services wares at the JavaOne Developer Conference in San Francisco, chipmaker Intel Corp. tipped off the public about its "Solution Blueprints" strategy for Intel-based servers.

Basically, the Santa Clara, Calif. firm and a number of software and hardware vendors are working to document applications for Intel-based servers that have been tested or previously deployed for a specific business need. The idea is that blueprint integrators will render work completed under this initiative repeatable for other businesses.

Already in use in some industries, Intel Solution Blueprints address vertical markets such as financial services, telecommunications and digital media. Intel expects to publish hundreds of Intel Solution Blueprints for application software, middleware, operating systems, platform and hardware specifications, including recommendations for those that use its Xeon and Itanium processor families.

Intel said blueprints are tested and tuned at a firm's facilities or in Intel e-Business labs co-located at original equipment manufacturers and integrator sites.

"Solution Blueprints will provide companies with easier deployment and peace of mind knowing these are reliable, high-performing and battle-tested solutions, and that the business relationships among the different vendors is established and successful," said Deborah Conrad, director of Intel's Solutions Market Development Group.

Integrators and providers working with Intel on this endeavor include Accenture Ltd., BEA Systems Inc., Cap Gemini, Compaq Computer Corp., Deloitte Consulting, Dimension Data Holdings plc., EDS, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Hewlett-Packard Co., i2 Technologies Inc., Information Services International-Dentsu, Ltd., KPMG International, Magic Maps, Microsoft Corp., MSC.Software, Oracle, Pivotal Corp., Plumtree Software, Plural Inc., PwC Consulting, Questra Corporation, SAS, Scient, Inc., Siemens Business Services, Silverline Technologies Ltd, Speechworks International Inc., Stellcom Inc., Triaton and Xcelerate.