The computing giant will certify and support MySQL, the leading open-source database program, and JBoss, a popular Java-based application server, on HP's industry-standard servers.
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Under the agreement, both MySQL and JBoss will join HP's partner program and work jointly with HP on testing and engineering support. The companies also will co-operate on customer support.
While overshadowed by IBM in the Linux market, HP has shown significant interest in open-source software since its merger with Compaq Computer. HP recently beganto put Linux on its desktop PCs. It also has promoted and was one of the first to against legal actions by the SCO Group.
With MySQL and JBoss, HP expands its open-source support to cover two of the fastest-growing areas for server-based software.
has grown rapidly in the past few years to become a credible challenger to Microsoft's SQL software for low-end database users. The company doubled its revenue to $12 million last year and expects to continue growing rapidly.
"HP is taking a leadership role in demonstrating the strength of open-source software to cost-effectively support enterprise computing, building on Linux as a cohesive stack," MySQL CEO Marten Mickos said in a statement. "MySQL is pleased to be...extending customers' choice and flexibility for taking advantage of MySQL's performance and reliability on a variety of HP platforms."
JBoss, meanwhile, has become one of the leading choices for running Java-based Web applications, despite aSun Microsystems and a to open-source software.
The two companies formed a partnership earlier this year toto large corporate customers.