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Companies to align offerings for agile e-business infrastructure through Edge Side Includes (ESI)


High Wycombe, UK - September 28, 2001 - BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS), one of the world's leading e-business infrastructure software companies, and Akamai Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: AKAM), the leading provider of outsourced e-business infrastructure services and software, today announced a relationship designed to help e-businesses reliably deliver Web-based applications while minimising their infrastructure requirements.

The BEA WebLogic( E-Business Platform, a single solution for enterprise and e-business applications that require commerce, portal, integration and Web Services, will support the Edge Side Includes (ESI) mark-up language and the Java-based custom tag library for ESI (JESI). As a result, BEA WebLogic will be able to interoperate with services such as Akamai's EdgeSuiteSM to simplify the development and deployment of dynamic e-business applications.

Web-enabled enterprises are increasingly evolving beyond the display of static Web pages to include dynamically generated content, such as product catalogues, auctions, exchanges, stock quotes, and personalised content. The creation of this dynamic content places significant strain on traditional Web site architectures, which hinders performance ? which means that pages download more slowly, the user experience is worsened, and impatient customers are potentially lost. By incorporating ESI functionality, BEA WebLogic will give users the flexibility and benefits of distributing the assembly of dynamic content and applications to Akamai's globally distributed network of nearly 12,000 servers at the Internet's edge - optimally located near end-users.

"The BEA WebLogic E-Business Platform is a comprehensive solution for creating dynamic e-business applications that can be delivered with increased speed, performance, and reliability via Akamai's EdgeSuite service," said Mike Ruffolo, executive vice president, Akamai. "We're excited to work with industry leaders such as BEA to accelerate the adoption of ESI and exploit the performance and cost-saving benefits of edge computing."

"BEA has always been a strong, early supporter of emerging standards, and we're pleased to work with Akamai in support of ESI and JESI for the cost-efficient deployment of business-critical applications, while complying with open Java-based standards," said Scott Dietzen, CTO, BEA E-Commerce Server Division. "Furthermore, we believe that supporting emerging standards-based edge-side applications assembly, such as JESI, with BEA WebLogic Server( is a natural extension to the high-performance content caching already available in WebLogic Server. Using Akamai's global network, customers can take advantage of in-place infrastructure while delivering top performance of highly dynamic content and applications."

Recently published as a Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) Note, ESI is an open mark-up language and proposed standard created to define Web page fragments, such as stock quotes and catalogue prices, for dynamic aggregation, assembly and delivery at the Internet's edge - closer to end-users and bypassing the Internet's inherent bottlenecks. ESI enables companies to develop Web applications once, then choose at deployment time where the application should be assembled - on the application server, the content management system or the content delivery network, thus reducing complexity, development time and deployment costs. ESI for Java (JESI) is a Java-based custom tag library that allows users to program code in Java and translate it automatically into ESI. JESI has been accepted by the Java Community Process as JSR 128.

BEA will make the JESI custom tag library available for free download from its Web site for its developer community in October 2001 at http://developer.bea.com

For additional information on ESI and JESI, please visit http://www.esi.org



About BEA

BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS) is one of the world's leading e-business infrastructure software companies, with more than 11,000 customers around the world, including the majority of the Fortune Global 500. BEA and its WebLogic(r) brand are among the most trusted names in e-business. Businesses built on the award-winning BEA WebLogic E-Business Platform(tm) are reliable, highly scalable, and poised to bring new services to market quickly. BEA's e-business platform is the de facto standard for more than 2,100 systems integrators, independent software vendors (ISVs) and application service providers (ASPs) to provide complete solutions that fast-track and future-proof e-businesses for high growth and profitability.

Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., BEA has 93 offices in 34 countries and is on the Web at http://www.bea.com



About Akamai

Akamai is the leading provider of outsourced e-business infrastructure services and software. These services and software enable companies to reduce the complexity and cost of deploying and operating a uniform Web infrastructure while ensuring unmatched performance, reliability, scalability and manageability. Akamai's services give businesses a distinct competitive advantage and provide an unparalleled Internet experience for their customers. Akamai's intelligent edge platform for content, streaming media, and application delivery comprises more than 11,600 servers within over 820 networks in 62 countries. With headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Akamai provides services to companies worldwide.

For information on Delivering a Better InternetSM, visit http://www.akamai.com


Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act

The release contains information about future expectations, plans and prospects of Akamai's management that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors including, but not limited to, the dependence on Akamai's Internet content delivery service and technology products, lack of market acceptance of ESI or new services, a failure by us to successfully enter into any license, technology development or other technology partnership agreement within the time periods expected by us or at all, a failure of Akamai's network infrastructure, and other factors that are discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and other documents periodically filed with the SEC.

Some of the statements in this press release are forward-looking, including the statements regarding the implementation, benefits, and details of the relationship between BEA and Akamai; the availability, features and benefits of BEA's and Akamai's products and ESI support thereby; and the expected availabity in October 2001 of the JESI custom tag library. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could cause results to differ materially include risks associated with: any unforeseen technical difficulties related to the ongoing development and functionality of BEA's and Akamai's products; any unforeseen technical difficulties related to the support of ESI by BEA WebLogic E-Business Platform or Akamai's solutions; changes in the marketplace for enterprise-wide software solutions and need for ESI solutions, including the introduction of competitive products and technologies; and any software errors in BEA's or Akamai's products. Readers should also refer to the risk disclosures set forth in BEA's 10-Q for the quarter ended July 31, 2001 as filed with the SEC and subsequent reports filed thereafter from time-to-time with the SEC. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are made as of the date hereof, and BEA does not assume any obligation to update such statements nor the reasons why actual results could differ materially from those projected in such statements.



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Contacts:

Lucille Van Der Wateren
BEA Systems Ltd.
+44 (0) 1494 5595536
Lucille.vanderwateren@bea.com


Kina Kara / Nishma Shah
The Weber Group
+44 (0)20 7544 3206
bea@webergroup.co.uk


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