IONA and HP Extend Alliance

IONA, a Web services integration platform provider , and HP today announced that they have agreed to expand their strategic alliance. The Waltham, Mass.-based IONA reports that it will make its Orbix E2A Web services Integration Platform – XMLBus Edition available on the HP-UX based on the Itanium processor.

With this release, IONA claims that it will be one of a small number of HP partners to offer support of its Web services, J2EE and CORBA (Common Object Request Broker Architecture) technologies across HP operating environments. Additionally, IONA also announced that plans to certify its Orbix E2A Application Server Platform on the upcoming family of HP AlphaServer systems.

IONA and Palo Alto, Calif.-based HP said that they will continue their joint sales, consulting and marketing efforts to provide services based on IONA’s Orbix E2A integration and application infrastructure platforms.

“Our alliance with HP is one of IONA’s most strategic, as our long and dedicated product and services relationship testifies,” said Bob Potter, executive vice president of business operations at IONA. “We are increasing our work together in ways that will provide business integration solutions that deliver real value to our customers, and we’re confident today’s announcement is a signal of an even stronger alliance to come.”

In February, HP Services (Compaq Global Services at the time) launched an enterprise integration practice to deliver and implement IONA’s Orbix E2A Web services integration solutions. According to the companies, HP has completed training of more than 300 sales, architects and delivery consultants on IONA’s Orbix E2A solutions. The companies also announced that they have named each other as preferred partners for Web services integration between J2EE and .NET.

“HP’s relationship with IONA is important because their service-oriented, standards-based solutions deliver confidence in the most challenging of today’s heterogeneous, mission-critical IT environments,” said Nigel Ball, vice president and general manager, HP Enterprise Solutions Partners.

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