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BEA Systems, Inc., a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software, today announced new performance results and unveiled major product plans that will help the company expand its leadership role in Java virtualization and further execute on its Liquid Enterprise vision.
According to early lab test results jointly conducted by BEA and Intel, LiquidVM(TM) -- the foundational technology behind WebLogic Server(R) Virtual Edition, runs Java over two times more efficiently than using the normal OS-based software stack on VMware Infrastructure. Because LiquidVM runs directly on top of the VMware ESX Server hypervisor platform without a traditional OS, it can manage memory resources for Java applications much more efficiently than the alternative OS model. This can help enable customers to increase hardware utilization and thereby reduce TCO. This approach to enterprise Java virtualization is unique in the industry; no other product to date has been able to match this level of performance.
BEA also announced that it is making key components of its Enterprise 360 offering available as virtual appliances ready to run directly in virtualized environments such as VMware Infrastructure. The company will start with WebLogic(R) Portal and AquaLogic(R) Service Bus, expected early next year, and eventually support additional products under the virtual appliance paradigm as part of its Liquid Enterprise strategy. Under this model, enterprise applications and the infrastructure that supports them can be configured and deployed independent of the underlying server and operating system. This can allow service-oriented architecture (SOA) services to be treated as virtual appliances that can be deployed whenever and wherever needed, representing a major shift in the software industry.
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