HP, Cisco team on e-commerce

The pair's new package includes software from both companies that--when combined--offers users a secure combination for Web-based commerce.

Hewlett-Packard (HWP) and Cisco Systems (CSCO) will take the wraps off a new electronic commerce package today at Fall Internet World 97.

The new bundle, called the Secure Web Transaction Solution, includes software from both companies that--when combined--offer users a secure combination for Web-based commerce, according to HP and Cisco.

The new offering is the latest in a string of joint initiatives between the two companies, which announced plans to expand their relationship last January.

Cisco will integrate its popular PIX Firewall and LocalDirector traffic load-balancing software with HP's VirtualVault, a secure operating system that protects Web content and internal corporate databases when corporate networks are opened to access from the Internet.

The cost of the bundled software ingredients starts at $197,766.

The systems giant and networking kingpin will also offer integration between the commerce offering and HP's OpenView systems management software, allowing users of the system to manage those resources.

In another recent e-commerce initiative, HP announced yesterday with American Express that it would bundle its hardware servers with secure operating system, Virtual Vault, with e-commerce software from Mercantec. The bundle, designed to let merchants open Internet storefronts quickly and securely, links to American Express' payment processing system.

Last week HP joined with Electronic Data Systems and eight major banks to form a global consortium to promote electronic commerce.