BEA’s WebLogic 9.0 goes beta
- By John K. Waters
BEA Systems offered reporters and analysts a sneak peek at the upcoming version
of its WebLogic Server this past week. In beta starting today,
version 9.0, code-named Diablo, continues to expand on the San Jose,
Calif.-based company's strategy of simplifying development of applications in a
As expected, Diablo will provide support for Java 2 Enterprise Edition 1.4
and such Web services standards as WS-ReliableMessaging, BEA officials said. The
JRockit 5.0 Java Development Kit is also part of the package. The SDK provides a
Java Virtual Machine designed to support 32- and 64-bit applications for the
Intel processor architecture.
The new release will also include updated versions of WebLogic Portal for Web
and intranet applications, the WebLogic Workshop integrated development
environment, and the Liquid Data 9.0 data and application integration
Diablo will also come with an advanced diagnostics framework designed to
allows administrators to identify and resolve problems in running applications
in real time. It will also provide auto-tuning, a technology designed to enable
specification of service levels.
BEA's founder and chairman, Alfred Chuang, lead the preview and affirmed
BEA's intention to continue competing with Oracle and IBM for leadership in the
app server market, dismissing a question about rumors that Oracle was interested
in buying his company.
'We're very flattered that we're considered a target,' he said. 'Why acquire
us if you're already the market-share leader?' Oracle has claimed to offer the
fastest growing application server vendor with the largest installed base--a
claim that Chuang disputes.
With characteristic wry confidence, Chuang asserted that BEA WebLogic Server
'crushes IBM and Oracle in both scale and prices.'
'From JRockit to component technology, we have the absolute cheapest
technology out there, or the biggest bang for the buck,' he added.
BEA is continuing work on its standards-based integration and Web services
management product, code-named Quicksilver, said Eric Stahl, the new senior
director of product marketing for Weblogic. That product, which will be sold
separately from WebLogic Server, is expected to enter beta testing next spring
and be available later in 2005, he said.
The Diablo beta is scheduled to be available for download starting
Thursday, Dec. 16. BEA plans to ship the final version, along with a new version
of WebLogic Workshop, next summer.
Joining Chuang for the preview were a number of new BEA executives, including
Mark Carges, the new CTO, and Wai Wong, the new executive vice presdient of
products. Wong now leads the company's product development team. Marge Breya,
BEA's new chief marketing officer, was also in attendance. BEA lost a number of
top executives this year, including former CTO Scott Dietzen and chief architect
John K. Waters is a freelance writer based in Silicon Valley. He can be reached