HP Buys-in Web Services Management Technology.
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Hewlett Packard Co is acquiring web services (1) Loosely, any online service delivered over the Web. Such usage appears in articles from non-technical sources, but not in IT-oriented publications, because definition #2 below describes the correct use of the term. management specialist Talking Blocks Inc so that it can deliver its Adaptive Enterprise strategy in concert with vendors' web services products.
The proposed acquisition unveiled yesterday, means HP is effectively ending its own planned Web Services Management Engine project, announced at BEA's eWorld conference in March.
HP has entered a definitive agreement to buy privately held Talking Blocks in an undisclosed cash transaction. Talking Blocks' eponymous e·pon·y·mous
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[From Greek epnumos; see eponym. product integrates and manages web services, and will help flesh-out HP's plan to use web services to manage enterprise systems.
Talking Blocks will be re-worked to generate and read interfaces built in the Web Services Management Framework, being partly driven by HP. Talking Blocks currently uses Java, Corba, .NET and XML XML
in full Extensible Markup Language.
Markup language developed to be a simplified and more structural version of SGML. It incorporates features of HTML (e.g., hypertext linking), but is designed to overcome some of HTML's limitations. adaptors to talk with different systems and the Web Services Management Framework will be added to this.
Al Smith, CTO (Chief Technical Officer) The executive responsible for the technical direction of an organization. See CIO and salary survey. for HP's web services management organization, said HP's Web Services Management Engine was still at the "lighthouse lighthouse, towerlike structure erected to give guidance and warning to ships and aircraft by either visible or radioelectrical means. Lighthouses were long built to conform in structure to their geographical location. Until the beginning of the 19th cent. " stage, and the company hadn't figured out the "technology gateways."
Talking Blocks, meanwhile, has a large customer base and proven code base, Smith said. Talking Blocks, the company, was founded in 2000 and customers include General Dynamics General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD) is a defense conglomerate formed by mergers and divestitures, and as of 2006 it is the sixth largest defense contractor in the world. The company has changed markedly in the post-Cold War era of defense consolidation. and Verizon.
Smith said the driver behind acquisition was HP's desire to harness Talking Blocks' technology. An acquisition, he said would help speed to market elements of HP's Adaptive Enterprise strategy.
Time-to-market appears to be an important factor behind HP's decision to buy rather than build. The company believes systems management via web service interfaces will become more important during the next few months, as major enterprise software vendors launch updated products that make use of web services.
In pushing the Web Services Management Framework HP believes it can use a series of XML interfaces to search, retrieve and manage systems and application management data, adding new life to the OpenView systems management framework.