BEA, Intel to Enable WebLogic for Itanium Platform

Intel Corporation’s new Itanium processor family and IA-32 platforms continue to gain acceptance, as BEA Systems has agreed to work with the chip maker to optimize BEA’s WebLogic software for Itanium technologies.

Under terms of the agreement, the two companies will take on joint engineering efforts to get BEA’s products running on Intel’s architecture. BEA and Intel will also work together to target hardware manufacturers, independent software vendors and integrators as potential customers for the new offerings. By gaining BEA’s support for its new architecture, Intel further extends the features its servers can offer enterprise customers.

"With this relationship with Intel, our goal is to extend customer demand for BEA WebLogic on Intel-based platforms for development and deployment," said Bill Coleman, founder chairman and CEO of BEA Systems in a statement. "Together with Intel, we aim to significantly accelerate the proliferation of BEA WebLogic on Intel servers, as well as applications built on BEA. The alliance is designed to give customers greater freedom of choice in production environments and our ISVs increased distribution and faster performance of their applications running on Intel-based hardware."

As part of the alliance, a number of programs are slated for this year, including certification of the BEA WebLogic E-Business Platform for Intel-based servers, and the establishment of a technology lab to validate and document performance and scalability of the companies' joint products. Intel and BEA will also jointly train and provide support materials to their direct sales and channel sales organizations, and cooperate to develop service offerings.

A number of leading hardware OEMs worldwide have already pledged support for BEA WebLogic optimized for Itanium, including some existing BEA hardware OEM partners such as BULL, Compaq Computer Corporation, Dell Computer Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, NCR Corporation, and Unisys. The two companies expect to work with numerous additional hardware OEMs, as well as software vendors and integrators.

According to a report by InfoWorld (new window), Intel has struck a similar arrangement with IBM, BEA’s biggest competitor in the middleware space. Citing a source familiar with IBM’s plans, InfoWorld says, “IBM's Java-based WebSphere application server software platform will add Intel's 64-bit Itanium chip family to its list of suitable compute platforms.”