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BEA Systems Grabs Lead in Java EE 5 and Persistence Race

Acquires SolarMetric to Take Lead in Enterprise JavaBeans 3.0 and Java EE 5 Compatibility

BEA Systems has announced it has acquired the object persistence company, SolarMetric, in a move that will give it an early lead in the race towards Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) 3.0 and Java EE 5 compatibility, ahead of competitors like IBM. SolarMetric, a privately-held company based in Austin, Texas, is known for its Kodo persistence engine, and supports both EJB 3.0 and Java Data Objects (JDO) programming models.

The draft EJB 3.0 standard focuses on persisting in-memory objects in relational databases. This means transient objects like shopping carts or ticket reservations can be stored over time. The JDO specification allows for persisting the objects in other ways as well – the Kodo persistence engine has developer bindings for both EJB 3.0 and JDO, which allows developers to blend either standard in the same application. Customers have the choice to either use the proven JDO standard, get an early start on EJB 3.0 or add in EJB 3 .0 over time, as the specification is being finalized.

SolarMetric's O/R (Object/Relational) mapping layer is one of the fastest in the industry. All existing products, including the Kodo persistence engine and the Kodo Development Workbench, will be available and supported by BEA. Additionally, the Kodo engine will be integrated into an updated version of the BEA WebLogic Server release, currently planned for the second half of 2006. A technology preview of BEA WebLogic Server 9 will be available in the first half of 2006. BEA will also provide developer support for EJB 3.0 shortly via its BEA WebLogic Workshop product line.

"The Kodo best-in-class persistence-engine firmly positions BEA as a market leader," said Wai Wong, executive vice president, products, BEA Systems, Inc. "Offering JDO within WebLogic via SolarMetric's Kodo will allow us to provide a richer experience and enhanced productivity to our extensive WebLogic customer user-base."


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