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BEA Embraces Sun Micro's CoolThreads Servers

Claims Benchmark Records in Initial Tests

BEA Systems announced that it set new world performance records with the Sun Microsystems' Sun FireTM T1000 and T2000 servers, which were formally announced in New York at an event that stressed the new system's price/performance and reduced power consumption.

Although the company touts its strategic relationship with Intel on the home page of its website, BEA says it is delivering specialized enterprise infrastructure software, including BEA WebLogic 9.0 and the industry's fastest JVM JRockit, on the Sun Fire servers, "enabling BEA to pass along to its customers the tremendous price/performance benefits and cost savings resulting from the new Sun Fire systems' low energy consumption. Visit bea.com/coolbea for more information," the company said in an official statement.

BEA Weblogic Server on the Sun Fire T2000 was 31 percent faster than the performance of a 4-way 1.6GHz competitive server on the dual node SPECjAppServer2004, the company has stated.The BEA WebLogic and Sun Fire T2000 server achieved the overall performance world record on all two node results.

"Enterprises have always counted on BEA for high-performance software, and the BEA WebLogic on Sun T2000 system benchmarks released today further extends our performance leadership," said Rob Levy (pictured), chief technology officer, BEA Systems, Inc. "Multi-core and thread acceleration technologies are at the sweet spot of system design - today's launch underscores this continued trend in the industry. In support of the Sun launch, we've announced WebLogic promotional pricing and the general availability of BEA JRockit -- the industry's fastest JVM -- on Solaris."

What BEA is calling "the record-setting BEA WebLogic Server 9.0" is designed to help IT administrators and developers increase productivity, reduce cost of IT projects and decrease downtime. The company says it  features the world's first hot swappable application technology enabling customers to virtually eliminate the downtime associated with routine maintenance and application upgrades.

The product is designed to help enable businesses to focus on moving toward Service Oriented Architectures (SOA). Its unique enterprise-grade kernel, which features clustering, security, management, caching and virtual machine technologies, is designed to help make WebLogic Server faster, more scalable, and reliable than any application server in today's market.

WebLogic Server's high-performance kernel supports blended application development and deployment for multiple programming models, which can help provide developers with the flexibility to choose the right application framework for their needs. This includes support for J2EE 1.4, Apache Beehive, Web services and several other frameworks. And, as a part of its blended approach to mixing and matching open source and commercial software, BEA plans to offer blended BEA WebLogic management and deployment technologies designed to provide automated management and production-level support for customers using Apache Tomcat. All of these capabilities can help decrease equipment and labor costs required to build and sustain applications and reduce the time and risks affiliated with IT projects.

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WLDJ News Desk 12/09/05 11:48:22 PM EST

BEA was as excited last week as Sun by the new T1000 and T2000 CoolThreads servers, announced with some splash in New York in an event that stressed Sun's return to focusing on price/performance, with a newly added twist of emphasizing low power consumption and correspondingly lowered cooling requirements.

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