Hewlett-Packard has introduced what it claims to be an "industry first" scheme to simplify the integration of open source and commercial software.

The HP open source integrated portfolio (OSIP) is designed to accelerate the adoption of open source software in data centres, and provides customers with a way to deploy a range of open source, commercial and hybrid applications across Linux, Windows, and HP's Unix, HP-UX.

OSIP, which includes new HP open source middleware stacks, is based on a service-oriented architecture (SOA) approach, which HP says will give customers "single source accountability" for integrated stacks.

There is a growing demand for integrated open source and commercial solutions on multiple operating systems, and customers want one trusted source of accountability, said HP's open source and Linux organisation vice president Christine Martino.

"The HP open source integrated portfolio provides that confidence to companies making open source a part of their overall strategy to be more adaptive in the marketplace," Martino said.

HP's OSMS gives customers three new ways to integrate open source technology on HP platforms: open source building blocks, blueprints and services.

By building blocks, HP means HP-supported software components that make it easier for customers to buy open source middleware from one single provider (that would be HP). Packages include the JBoss application server and enterprise middleware suite, and Symas Corporation's distribution of OpenLDAP, the Connexitor Directory Services.

By blueprints, HP means workload-specific recipes for customers to design and build integrated middleware stacks which HP will support. Initial blueprints include Web and J2EE application serving.

IDC systems software research director Al Gillen was positive about this announcement and HP's past efforts. "The announcement of the HP Open Source Integrated Portfolio extends the richness and breadth of the company's open source solutions," he gushed on the HP press release.