Intel and leading middleware supplier BEA Systems have announced an alliance aimed at expanding use of WebLogic on the latest Itanium processors and IA32 platforms. The two companies will collaborate on joint engineering to optimise BEA products for Intel technology, and will join forces on certain sales and marketing activities with hardware manufacturers and independent software suppliers.
"Our aim is to provide as wide a technology as possible for our customers," says Steve Allen, senior vice-president, EMEA region. "A large number of our customers have developed and deployed on the Intel platform, but even though it may be developed on the platform, the Intel technology is not being fully utilised in large scale deployment."
In a separate announcement, BEA has claimed its WebLogic Server 6.1 is four times as fast and significantly more powerful than IBM's own middleware offering, WebSphere 4.0 for e-business applications. It says a recent trial, using IBM's own WebSphere performance benchmark sample application, showed BEA's software processing up to 14 times as many transactions per second in an Enterprise JavaBeans test. It also claims a lead over the Oracle 9iAS application server, saying it is 54% faster when measuring transactions per second on a like-for-like benchmark test.