BEA WebLogic Enterprise 8.1 Integrates with Sun's Network Computing

8/5/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SUNW), announced the new version of the BEA WebLogic Enterprise Platform 8.1 is available to customers on Sun's network computing infrastructure. The announcement coincides with the recent availability of BEA WebLogic Platform 8.1, a unified, simplified and extensible platform that provides business integration through the convergence of application development and integration, from BEA Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BEAS).

As infrastructure solution providers, Sun and BEA collaborate to provide an integratable, reliable, scalable, and secure solution Ė which can enable customers to exploit cutting-edge technology to drive profitability, protect their investment, and respond rapidly to changing business conditions. With BEA WebLogic Platform 8.1 on Sun systems, this integration can be seamless to customers.

An Optimal Solution for Consolidation and Lowering TCO
BEA and Sun are continuing to build on their technology alliance to deliver best-in-class solutions to their customers. As an example, engineers from BEA and Sun regularly collaborate on performance tests to help assure customers receive an optimized solution. Likewise, the companies' engineering teams are working to optimize Sunís Java(TM) Virtual Machine ((JVM(TM)), and Sun's premier operating system, Solaris(TM), in conjunction with BEA WebLogic Server.

In addition, the Java Community Process(SM), an industry standards organization for Java technology founded by Sun, recently recognized BEA for submitting one of the most innovative Java Specification Requests (JSR) of the year. The executive committee of the Java Community Process awarded BEA the "Most Innovative JSR for J2SE(TM) and J2EE(TM)" for its submission of JSR 207, also called Process Definition for Java. Both Sun and BEA are participating on the expert group of JSR 207.

"With thousands of joint customers, Sun and BEA have a long track record of technical alignment and partnering for success," said Stuart Wells, senior vice president, market development, Sun Microsystems. "As always, Sun supports an open, integratable environment and BEA fits right into this with its focus on Java technology and Java Web services. Our tight relationship helps provide customers with better choice and financial return ... and that is the beauty of open standards."

"The BEA and Sun alliance continues to offer a leading, industry-standard infrastructure platform for customers to run their mission-critical applications," said John Gray, vice president of worldwide alliances, BEA Systems. "With the introduction of BEA WebLogic Platform 8.1, this alliance provides customers the best of both worlds: application infrastructure software thatís easier to use and an industrial-strength, proven platform."

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