BEA has released the latest version of its custom application server platform, WebLogic Server 9.0, which has new features to reduce the cost of IT projects, and eradicate system downtime.
WebLogic Server is the newest addition to the BEA Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) product family, which also includes WebLogic, Tuxedo and AquaLogic.
WebLogic Server 9.0 uses an “enterprise-grade kernel” which features clustering, security, management, caching and virtual machine technologies, to boost the performance and reliability of the applications that run on it.
WebLogic Server also has a multi-programming model interface, which supports J2EE 1.4, Spring, Beehive, web services and other programming frameworks designed to lower the costs associated with building custom applications.
The software features "side-by-side" application installation, which allows IT managers to upgrade applications which are on a live server without requiring downtime. In addition, WebLogic Server 9.0 allows the server itself to be upgraded without disruption.
WebLogic Server mainly competes for IT manager spend with IBM’s WebSphere Application Server, which is also based on enterprise Java.