Oracle Corp. and HP announced a three-year, worldwide agreement to develop, market and deliver middleware solutions based on Oracle9i Application Server and HP's platforms. The announcement at OracleWorld extends Oracle and HP's existing relationship that has long delivered proven, tested and reliable infrastructure solutions to enterprise customers. The agreement is designed to simplify the creation and integration of business applications and Web services on Linux, UNIX, Microsoft Windows and on Intel Itanium-based systems with jointly tested and optimized J2EE-based Oracle9i Application Server solutions. Under the terms of the new agreement, Oracle will become a strategic application server partner for HP. Likewise, HP has been named a preferred platform partner for Oracle9i Application Server.

Specifically, HP will offer customers who purchase HP-UX systems or industry- standard HP ProLiant servers for Linux and Microsoft Windows, a free, special version of Oracle9i Application Server, which includes Standard Edition J2EE 1.3 server. Joint customers will receive complementary support for up to five incidents from Oracle for this free version of Oracle9i Application Server. Oracle and HP also offer cooperative technical support to customers who purchase support contracts and will train hundreds of HP sales representatives and technical consultants on Oracle9i Application Server. As part of this offering, HP will be drawing on its own experience of deploying the Oracle9i Application Server internally.

Oracle will support the HP OpenView software suite as a strategic management platform for Oracle9i Database and Oracle9i Application Server customers because it provides the tools to more easily manage their IT infrastructure solutions. Oracle and HP will also work together to develop unique integration between HP OpenView and the Oracle platform. Oracle is establishing an HP-UX development lab for platform product development to help ensure that advanced new features of Oracle9i Application Server are available to HP customers as part of the first shipment of the product on Unix platforms. In addition, Oracle will use both industry-standard HP ProLiant and RISC-based servers for platform product development.

As a result of today's agreement, joint customers will be able to leverage the powerful combination of Oracle infrastructure software running on HP hardware to build mission-critical business J2EE applications and Web services that are scalable, reliable, and secure. Customers have the choice to deploy Oracle9i Application Server on different operating systems supported by HP, including HP-UX 11i, Linux and Microsoft Windows 2000.

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