As part of its ongoing effort to reduce IT complexity and costs, BEA Systems, Inc., a leading application infrastructure software company, announced a new partnership and expanded products, services and programs for Linux. New technologies such as BEA WebLogic JRockit 1.4.2 and partnerships with SUSE Linux can help BEA support customers building infrastructures based on the rapidly growing Linux platform. The combination of the industry's only tightly integrated, converged application platform suite, with the superior price and performance offered by Linux, makes BEA WebLogic Platform on Linux one of BEA's fastest-growing software platforms.

To support this growing trend, BEA is dedicated to out innovating competitors and offering customers the most robust, cost-effective and manageable Linux technologies on the market. The new BEA WebLogic JRockit 1.4.2 is designed to deliver new features that can make one of the world's fastest Java Virtual Machine even faster. BEA WebLogic JRockit also offers simplified configuration via automatic and dynamic tuning designed to match the needs of each particular application, as well as enhanced management and monitoring capability designed for improved operations productivity.

As such, WebLogic JRockit 1.4.2 can deliver better performance, simplified configuration and increased developer and operations productivity. In addition, later this year, BEA WebLogic Enterprise Security, is scheduled to support Red Hat Linux Advanced Server 2.1. By incorporating its industry-leading application infrastructure expertise into BEA WebLogic Enterprise Security, BEA is being designed to help enterprises running Red Hat Linux to strengthen application security, enable secure information access and improve IT efficiency and cost.

In addition to working closely with partners like Intel and Red Hat, BEA has also strengthened its ties with SUSE LINUX, a product unit of Novell, and HP. SUSE LINUX has agreed to co-develop Linux solutions and bundle BEA WebLogic JRockit, one of the world's fastest Java Virtual Machine, as part of its product offering.

Developers have also recognized the inherent value of Linux and as a result, BEA, via dev2devOnline (dev2dev.bea.com), has created new programs and services to support the developer community. At LinuxWorld, BEA plans to offer free development licenses for BEA WebLogic Platform 8.1 and BEA WebLogic Workshop (TM) 8.1 in a CD-ROM bundle. BEA also plans to raffle off a free, one-year dev2dev platform subscription (an $850 value). Subscribers can receive the latest platform technologies from BEA via quarterly shipments on CD, along with full-use development licenses and BEA support.

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