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About Hewlett Packard

HP provides a wide choice of best-of-breed partner solutions for open source and Linux, including thousands of applications from those in our Developer & Solution Partner Program (DSPP). Our complete portfolio extends to areas such as middleware, management, HPC, high availability, and storage, and is delivered and supported by HP and authorized resellers with full multi-platform integration and support. More information about open source and Linux from HP can be found at: www.hp.com/go/linux.

As the open source model continues to penetrate varied software domains, far beyond operating systems, databases, and development tools to include applications and SOA-specific technologies, the safe integration and lifecycle management of open source software is a raising concern in the CTO/CIO agendas. There is a growing realization that traditional corporate policies for managing software assets are often inadequate to address the unique characteristics of free and open source software.

To this end, HP has developed a set of governance tools and best practices governing the entire lifecycle management of open source software across the enterprise for the past several years. HP is now ready to share that experience with enterprise and mid-market businesses, the academia, public sector and government administration accounts, and the open source community at large via:

FOSSology: Based on and, in fact, offering to the community the tools HP uses to effectively manage free and open source software internally, FOSSology is designed to help users address deployment issues such as the acquisition, tracking, and licensing of FOSS.

FOSSBazaar: The community-driven web initiative provides online resources, educational documentation, and a forum for dynamic interchange to address FOSS business issues, promote best FOSS governance practices, and share expertise with others.

Customers can extend and complement the content available from FOSSBazaar with new services from HP called:

HP Open Source Health Check: A new suite of services to help customers not only with creating a snapshot of current FOSS usage but also with analyzing FOSS management potential and reducing the risk associated with FOSS deployment across the enterprise. HP Open Source Heath Check includes:
  • Open Source Management (Governance) Workshop - guiding cross-organizational audiences through issues managing open source in the enterprise;
  • Open Source Exploration Service - leveraging the HP FOSSology toolset to discover open source components in legacy applications;
  • Open Source Governance Assessment Service - providing a gap analysis of existing open source management and industry best practices, with recommendations to address identifed gaps;
  • Open Source TCO Analysis Service - employing an HP-developed model to assess the cost benefits of moving to FOSS.
For more information, visit www.hp.com/go/oshealthcheck

HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers – from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world’s largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $104.3 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended Oct. 31, 2007. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at www.hp.com

Hewlett-Packard's Commitment to FOSSBazaar

HP Open Source and Linux Organization

“The HP FOSS governance initiative allows HP to share the insight gained from its own experiences managing open source software with the community that made this technology possible in the first place,” said Christine Martino, vice president, Open Source and Linux Organization, HP. “As the No. 1 provider of Linux-based systems for nine years straight, HP’s leadership around this initiative underscores its commitment to address the challenge of managing open source software proliferation, while reducing barriers to adoption.”

Christine Martino Vice President, Open Source and Linux Organization, HP

HP Services

“Customers need to manage FOSS like every other asset in an enterprise, and HP is one of only a few companies to offer open source governance services," said Klaus Schmelzeisen, Vice President, Infrastructure Practice, HP Services. “Linux and Open Source Middleware are already a significant part of our business, and governance services are the next step in our strategy to fully embrace Open Source within HP Services."

Klaus Schmelzeisen Vice President, Infrastructure Practice, HP Services