HP Details SAP MOU
and Persist Acquisition"> Outside the new offerings, HP also outlined a new memorandum of understanding with SAP AG to work together on an IT Services Management project to link business processes with IT infrastructure. "We have to bring together the Über OS with our NetWeaver technology and adaptive business solutions," said Dr. Uwe Hommel, senior vice president of active global support at SAP AG of Walldorf, Germany. NetWeaver is an application management framework that links new applications to existing software. "In real life it implies we bring together our management capabilities, with NetWeaver and OpenView on one side, align our methodologies on how to deploy and manage the Adaptive Enterprises IT environmentand align our services," Hommel said.Finally, in acquiring the small, privately-held Persist of Pleasanton, Calif., HP gains e-mail archiving software, now dubbed AppStor, along with a platform for future products and integration with other companys technology, according to Rusty Smith, director of information life cycle management for HP in Houston. By early next year HP will rebrand the current AppStor 2.1.1, which it already resells. Then, since Persist uses HP blade servers, "What we want to do is expand that to have a disk, tape, and optical-based solution going forward. We also want to expand on the ability to set and maintain policies, and to automate based on those," Smith said. The roughly 40 engineers employed by Persist will continue to develop on their current roadmap, founder and CTO Jean-Luc Chatelain added. That includes building an appliance version, and possibly embedding technology inside HP storage-area networks or SAN switches, he said. HP would also like to establish an open standard for moving data in and out of such systems, Smith noted. Persist spun-off from compliance and electronic discovery firm Zantaz Inc. in 2002. Its customers include the U.S. Army and E-Trade Group Inc., officials previously said. The acquisition is expected to close by years end. Discuss This in the eWEEK Forum Click here for more information on the Persist acquisition.
Although the SAP alliance was short on details, HPs Denzel said further details will be fleshed out at a later date.