Trio to Offer Mainframe Alternative

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2006-10-24 Print this article Print

HP, Oracle and Intel team on a program that helps users modernize their applications that currently reside on mainframes.

Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Oracle are teaming up on a push to make it easier for users to modernize their applications that currently reside on mainframes.

The three vendors are unveiling the Application Modernization Initiative Oct. 24 at the Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco. Mark Hurd, HP's chairman, president and CEO, will announce the program during his keynote address at the show.

The companies over the last six months began investigating the possibility of pooling their efforts in the area of application modernization, said Paul Evans, worldwide director of application modernization services for HP Services Consulting & Integration.

"We began to realize there was huge overlap in what the three of us were up to in application modernization, but not any one company had all of the solution," Evans said.

The companies are using a combination of SOA (service-oriented architecture)—a services-based approach to building composite applications based on specific business processes—and grid computing technologies to create environments that offer the reliability and security of mainframes on industry-standard products.

The initiative offers everything from an analysis of a customer's current mainframe environment, pretested reference architectures using technologies from all three companies and a recommended solution.

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