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BEA, Opalis to start year with new offerings

Quoting it business.ca

BEA will release two versions of its WebLogic application server in the first quarter. WebLogic Server 10 will implement the latest Java specifications, including Java Enterprise Edition 5 (Java EE 5) and Enterprise Java Beans 3.0 (EJB 3.0), the company said. 

It will also include enhancements to help customers simplify the development of applications and services such as enhanced support for Web services, significant control and security improvements and better interoperability with both leading proprietary and open-source platforms.

The release will also come with an updated version of Workshop for WebLogic, an application development toolset.

“This is a significant release because it will increase developer productivity,” said Stuart Charlton, enterprise architect at BEA Canada.

“It will also focus on interoperability, so your applications will work with Microsoft environments with the new Communications Foundation, as well as other environments,” he said.

However, VARs and system integrators may be more interested in WebLogic Server Virtual Edition, a version being developed with VMware that allows customers to run the application server on a VMware virtual machine without an operating system.

One of the advantages of a virtual application server is the ability to isolate the WebLogic components, Charlton said, which prevents application errors from affecting other systems.

Although the Virtual Edition will be based on the current WebLogic Server 9.2, it will be brought up to version 10 standards later in the year, Charlton said.

Prices for WebLogic Server 10 and Virtual Edition haven't been set yet.

Opalis channel program

Meanwhile, Opalis Software of Toronto, whose Windows-based applications automates IT operational processes, hopes to release its first channel program this month.

Michael Coombs, the company's new global channel manager, said he wants to create a three-level program, with the levels separated by sales commitment. The top level, for example, will be for VARs promising to sell at least $200,000 in software a year.

The company has six resellers in Canada, but their existence hasn't been formalized. SoftChoice, for example, is listed as a partner but it has been selling without a formal pricing agreement, Coombs said.

By formalizing a channel program he hopes to bring the total number of partners to seven in southern Ontario, plus another five across the country.

Last month the company released Opalis Integration Server 5.3, which has bundled its policies into solution areas for easier administrator acesss.

Coombs, who came to Opalis in November from eCopy, is looking for “solutions-oriented” intergration partners who can help customers implement these policies.

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Published Wednesday, January 10, 2007 6:30 AM by David Marshall
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