HP, BEA Team to Optimize WebLogic for Itanium-2-Based Servers

by Amy Newman

Hewlett-Packard and BEA Systems unveiled a version of BEA's WebLogic Server 7.0 optimized for HP's Itanium-2-based server platform.

Hewlett-Packard and BEA Systems unveiled a version of BEA's WebLogic Server 7.0 optimized for HP's Itanium-2-based server platform.

BEA's WebLogic Server 7.0 is available immediately on the HP-UX 11i 1.6 operating system running on HP's Itanium-2-based servers.

Because the solution runs on the Itanium architecture, the vendors are touting its capabilities to enable enterprises to quickly integrate legacy and Web-based applications. They are also positioning it as a cost-effective J2EE performance solution.

Although the offering is currently available only for HP-UX, down the road it will be deployable on Linux for 64-bit and Microsoft Windows Server 2003.

By working together, BEA and HP hope to further speed the deployment of Itanium-based solutions and strengthen the ability of companies to help customers quickly capitalize on the benefits of the Itanium architecture, including price-performance and computing performance and capacity improvements.

"Today's announcement is further affirmation of the growing market momentum of Itanium," said Mark Hudson, vice president of marketing, HP Business Critical Systems. "BEA, with its outstanding application infrastructure software, and HP, with our powerful Itanium-based server family, are delivering complete, highly scalable and integrated solutions to enterprise customers that are designed to increase business agility while reducing cost and IT complexity."

John Gray, vice president of global alliances for BEA, added, "BEA has set the industry standard for application infrastructure and likewise, HP is setting the industry standard for Itanium-based architecture. Bringing these two technologies together will enable our customers to reduce the cost associated with the development and deployment of Itanium-based solutions, while speeding time to market."

NTT Comware Corporation, one of the largest systems integrators in Japan, is already on board the HP-BEA train. The company will make WebLogic on HP Itanium-based servers available to its customers. It has already put WebLogic Server 7.0 and the HP Server rx2600 into performance verification for practical use.

HP at this time also announced that when running WebLogic Server 7.0 on the Itanium-based server platform it achieved the world's leading total operations per second on a dual node system result for SPECjAppServer2002. It processed 350.25 transactions. SPECjAppServer2002 is a client-server benchmark for measuring the performance of Java Enterprise Application Servers using a subset of J2EE APIs in a complete end-to-end application.

This article was originally published on Friday Feb 14th 2003
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