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BEA Unveils New Version of Industry's Most Widely Deployed Application Server; BEA WebLogic Server 7.0 Debuts at BEA eWorld 2002


New Development, Deployment and Management Tools, Integration Services, Security and Updated Standards Bring Industry Leading Performance, Accelerated Development, and Lower Cost of Ownership to BEA Customers and Partners


High Wycombe, UK - BEA eWORLD 2002 CONFERENCE - Feb. 25, 2002 - BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS), the world's leading application infrastructure software company, today introduced BEA WebLogic Server(tm) 7.0, the newest version of the world's most popular application server. BEA WebLogic Server is the foundation of the BEA WebLogic Enterprise Platform(tm), a single, unified and extensible application infrastructure platform for enterprise applications and Web Services.


BEA WebLogic Server 7.0 offers numerous enhancements designed to strengthen infrastructure security, simplify enterprise and Web integration, speed application development, and reduce the cost and complexity of application administration. With BEA WebLogic Server at the core of the BEA WebLogic Enterprise Platform, companies can build, integrate and extend business applications across the entire value chain - customers, employees, partners and suppliers.


"BEA's advanced technology allowed us to simplify our application architecture and develop our unique communications and Web Services capabilities very quickly," said Matt Banet, chief technology officer at Networkcar. "It's an ideal architecture for a system such as ours, which supports communication between mobile consumers and a large number of service providers. It has been very straightforward to deploy our Web Services application with BEA WebLogic Server, and we're looking forward to the new packaging and deployment utilities in version 7.0. We anticipate this will further reduce our time to market and increase the ROI on our WebLogic investment."


BEA has dramatically increased developer productivity with the latest release of its market-leading application server by adding a graphical development tool, configuration wizard, and support for emerging standards, such as J2EE 1.3 and Web Services. "The net result for BEA users is application development, deployment and management requires fewer development resources, less time and less money," said Scott Dietzen, BEA's chief technology officer. "The compelling benefits of BEA WebLogic Server and the entire BEA platform are proof positive that the move to integrated application infrastructures is the right technology choice for forward-looking organisations."


BEA WebLogic Server 7.0 includes valuable security improvements, thanks to an entirely new security framework for authorisation, authentication and auditing. The framework isolates developers from the complexities of security while allowing plug-and-play compatibility with the latest security technologies. Version 7.0 also provides a graphical security-policy editor for administrators to simplify the process of implementing rules-based security. The customer benefits of the new security framework are tighter end-to-end security from the Web browser all the way to the mainframe, and easy integration with leading security software vendors and service providers, such as Entrust, Entegrity, Oblix, RSA Security, and VeriSign.


On the integration front, BEA has added even more robust Web Services to BEA WebLogic Server to ease the sharing of information and empower businesses to leverage existing investments. BEA also improved core application server integration with Microsoft and CORBA applications. "Enterprise and B2B integration have become critical success factors, but also resource-intensive projects, for many companies," Dietzen said. "BEA WebLogic Server 7.0 acknowledges this reality and makes integration a much simpler process requiring less human intervention and less programming."


On the performance side, new independent ECperf benchmark results clearly demonstrate that BEA WebLogic Server 7.0 outperforms the closest competitor by 47 percent and holds the world records for both top performance and best price/performance for J2EE application servers. By leveraging the most efficient software, customers can run the same applications on less hardware. Furthermore, for large-scale deployments, customers can rest assured that BEA WebLogic Server tested as the fastest server on the market.


Details on the benchmarking results are available at http://ecperf.theserverside.com/ecperf/


As the backbone for thousands of BEA partners, including systems integrators, independent software providers and hardware partners, BEA WebLogic Server continues to be the clear frontrunner for building integrated and packaged enterprise solutions.


For more information on the partners building solutions on BEA WebLogic Server 7.0, please go to: http://www.bea.com/products/weblogic/server/index.shtml



Availability


A beta release of BEA WebLogic Server 7.0 is available for immediate download at BEA's new developers' portal, BEA dev2dev, at http//:dev2dev.bea.com


About BEA

BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS) is the world's leading application infrastructure software company, with nearly 12,500 customers around the world, including the majority of the Fortune Global 500. BEA and its WebLogic( brand are among the most trusted names in business. Businesses built on the award-winning BEA WebLogic Enterprise Platform( are reliable, highly scalable, and poised to bring new services to market quickly. BEA's 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 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



BEA, BEA Tuxedo, BEA WebLogic, BEA WebLogic Enterprise, BEA WebLogic Enterprise Platform, BEA WebLogic Server, BEA WebLogic Integration, BEA WebLogic Portal and BEA WebLogic Workshop are trademarks or registered trademarks of BEA Systems, Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of the company with which they are associated.


ECperf is a trademark of Sun Microsystems Inc. ECperf was prototyped and built in conjunction with Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition server vendors and is being developed under the Java Community Process. Competitive numbers shown reflect results published on http://ecperf.theserverside.com as of February 21, 2002.

For the latest ECperf results visit http://ecperf.theserverside.com/ecperf/


BEA Announces BEA WebLogic Platform 7.0-The First Unified Software Platform for Developing and Integrating Enterprise Applications

New Software Will Provide a Single, Unified Platform to Improve Business Efficiencies at a Lower Cost


High Wycombe, UK. -- BEA eWORLD 2002 CONFERENCE - Feb. 25, 2002 - In a move to cement its leadership in the emerging application infrastructure market, BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS), the world's leading application infrastructure software company, today announced BEA WebLogic( Platform 7.0, a unified, simplified and extensible software infrastructure designed to increase productivity and lower the cost structure of enterprise IT organisations. BEA WebLogic Platform(tm) 7.0 is a single software offering that comprises BEA's industry's leading application server, its new application development and deployment framework, its award-winning enterprise portal framework, and its integration server, and Web Services capabilities. BEA is the first software vendor to offer all of these capabilities in one, tightly integrated software platform.

Enterprises are using the Internet in more complex ways than just a few years ago, relying on the Web, corporate intranets and extranets to communicate and transact business among customers, partners, suppliers, and employees. BEA WebLogic Platform 7.0 was developed in response to customers' demands for a simpler way to develop, deploy, integrate and manage applications and Web Services. BEA WebLogic Platform 7.0 is a single, unified software infrastructure that reduces the number of enterprise software products to support, maintain, and integrate. As a result, BEA will help customers simplify their IT architectures, and achieve new levels of business process efficiency and performance. BEA WebLogic Platform 7.0 continues a tradition of providing best-of-breed choice to customers so that they may leverage their current and future investments.

At the core of BEA WebLogic Platform 7.0 is the new version of BEA's application server, BEA WebLogic Server 7.0(, identified as the market leader by every major industry analyst firm tracking application servers. BEA WebLogic Server 7.0 is designed to improve the productivity of developers and administrators through enhanced server performance, new graphical tools, wizard-driven server cluster configuration and integration with third-party tools.

"The growth in the application server market has led to strong competition and rapid product maturity," said Rob Hailstone, director, EMEA systems infrastructure and software research, IDC. "Now, to retain its position as market share leader, BEA has to provide a more complete application environment. The BEA WebLogic Platform announcement shows that the company has recognised and responded to this need. BEA WebLogic Platform promises to bring a fully integrated application environment, reaching from the need to include and integrate a wide variety of legacy applications through to the need to create and deploy new Java-based Web Services. BEA has created a standards-based environment that delivers this scope, while demystifying the complexities of J2EE coding and providing strong management capabilities. This will increase the pressure on those competitors of BEA that provide point solution products or lack the product integration of BEA WebLogic Platform."

In order to fulfil customers' needs for simplified, unified, and extensible application infrastructure, BEA WebLogic Platform 7.0 includes BEA WebLogic Portal(, an award-winning portal framework; BEA WebLogic Integration(, comprehensive integration services; and new BEA WebLogic Workshop (, an application development framework for Java, Web Services and XML application development. BEA WebLogic Workshop is the industry's only development framework designed for both Java development experts and corporate application developers to easily create, test and deploy Web Services, regardless of programming model experience. With these technologies, BEA will provide a superior unified and mission-critical platform for businesses to optimise IT investments, help increase employee productivity, and help reduce the overall cost of linking applications and systems with businesses' supply chain, CRM and ERP initiatives.

"BEA will be the first vendor to offer an application infrastructure solution that's based on a software foundation, as opposed to service-ware," said Tod Nielsen, chief marketing officer, BEA Systems. "Unlike other vendors that offer customers an enormous collection of disparate, non-integrated products and technologies, BEA WebLogic Platform is based on a single, integrated software architecture that's designed to provide unparalleled ease-of-use, reliability and stability."

BEA WebLogic Platform 7.0, BEA WebLogic Server 7.0 and BEA WebLogic Workshop will be available in the first half of 2002.

Legal Notice Regarding Forward Looking Statements


Some of the statements in this press release are forward-looking, including the statements regarding the availability date, expected features and benefits of BEA WebLogic 7.0, BEA WebLogic Server 7.0 and BEA WebLogic Workshop (the "Solutions"). Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties BEA faces that could cause results to differ materially include risks associated with: any unforeseen technical difficulties related to the final development and launch of the Solutions; and software errors in the products; and any technological changes in the markets addressed by the Solutions which could required feature changes in the Solutions. Readers should also refer to the risk disclosures set forth in BEA's 10-Q for the quarter ended Oct. 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.

About BEA


BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS) is the world's leading application infrastructure software company, with nearly 12,500 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 business. Businesses built on the award-winning BEA WebLogic Enterprise Platform( are reliable, highly scalable, and poised to bring new services to market quickly. BEA's 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 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


BEA, BEA Tuxedo, BEA WebLogic, BEA WebLogic Enterprise, BEA WebLogic Enterprise Platform, BEA WebLogic Server, BEA WebLogic Integration, BEA WebLogic Portal and BEA WebLogic Workshop are trademarks or registered trademarks of BEA Systems, Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of the company with which they are associated.




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