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HP and BEA Optimize BEA WebLogic Server for HP Itanium 2-based Solutions

BEA WebLogic Server, Itanium 2-based HP Platform Achieve Top Score in Client-Server Benchmark
PALO ALTO and SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 12, 2003

HP (NYSE:HPQ) and BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:BEAS), the world's leading application infrastructure software company, today announced the availability of BEA's WebLogic Server 7.0™ on HP's Itanium® 2-based server platform, jointly providing a proven solution for cost-effective J2EE performance. Customers can now easily migrate applications to Itanium-based systems and realize a significant and sustainable computing performance edge.(1)

BEA's WebLogic Server is available today on the HP-UX 11i v 1.6 operating system running on HP's Itanium 2-based servers. By running the solution on the Itanium architecture, customers and systems integrators (SIs) can effectively integrate legacy and Web-based applications faster than before, improving productivity and responsiveness.

With HP's broad line of Itanium-based servers, enterprises, independent software vendors (ISVs) and SIs can efficiently create and integrate business applications and Web services on HP-UX today, and, in the coming months, on Linux and Windows® operating systems.(2)

BEA and HP's joint work is expected to further speed the deployment of Itanium-based solutions and strengthen the ability of the companies to help customers quickly capitalize on the benefits of the Itanium architecture, including price-performance as well as computing performance and capacity improvements.

"Today's announcement is further affirmation of the growing market momentum of Itanium," said Mark Hudson, vice president of marketing, HP Business Critical Systems. "BEA, with its outstanding application infrastructure software, and HP, with our powerful Itanium-based server family, are delivering complete, highly scalable and integrated solutions to enterprise customers that are designed to increase business agility while reducing cost and IT complexity."

Also today, HP announced it has published the world's leading TOPS@DualNode (total operations per second on a dual node system) result for SPECjAppServer2002: 350.25 TOPS@DualNode. SPECjAppServer2002 is a client-server benchmark for measuring the performance of Java™ Enterprise Application Servers using a subset of J2EE APIs in a complete end-to-end application.(1) This achievement ensures customers that Web services and applications on BEA WebLogic Server 7.0 running on the Itanium-based server platform lead the industry in performance.

"BEA and HP are furthering our commitment to provide our joint customers with industrial-strength solutions for a wide range of enterprise application needs," said John Gray, vice president of global alliances, BEA Systems. "BEA has set the industry standard for application infrastructure and likewise, HP is setting the industry standard for Itanium-based architecture. Bringing these two technologies together will enable our customers to reduce the cost associated with the development and deployment of Itanium-based solutions, while speeding time to market."

One of the largest SIs in Japan, NTT Comware Corporation, will offer its customers BEA WebLogic on HP Itanium-based servers. "We welcome the announcement of BEA WebLogic Server 7.0 on HP-UX 11i for the Itanium 2-based HP Server rx2600 as we have already put WebLogic Server 7.0 and the HP Server rx2600 into performance verification for practical use and have found it to be superior," said Senior Manager Kawasaki, NTT Comware Corporation. "We believe this solution will drive ROI and meet our customers' needs."

ISVs are critical to the adoption of Itanium-based platforms. Those that have been developing Itanium-based applications can now integrate them with an Itanium-based version of BEA's WebLogic Server, enabling customers to implement new enterprise solutions that take advantage of the exceptional performance and leadership scalability of this powerful new architecture.

Accelerating Itanium-based Solution Adoption

The Intel® Itanium processor family architecture is co-developed by HP and Intel. The Itanium 2 processor, combined with HP's high-performance chipset, provides developers and customers with outstanding scalability and price-performance.

HP has established a series of programs to accelerate the adoption of Itanium-based platforms with industry-leading ISVs and SIs, including BEA. These global initiatives are designed to help customers deploy Itanium-based solutions, which are quickly becoming pervasive in the industry.

A key component of these programs is the global network of HP and Intel Solution Centers. These centers enable customers to conduct proof-of-concept testing, capacity planning and performance tuning of Itanium-based solutions and provide them with access to HP and Intel specialists. The centers are located in Cupertino, Calif., Grenoble, France and Shanghai, China.

About BEA

BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS) is the world's leading application infrastructure software company, providing the enterprise software foundation for 13,000 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.

Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., BEA has 81 offices in 34 countries and is on the Web at www.bea.com.

About HP

HP is a leading global provider of products, technologies, solutions and services to consumers and businesses. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. HP completed its acquisition of Compaq Computer Corporation on May 3, 2002. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.

(1) Competitive statements shown reflect results published on http://www.spec.org as of Feb. 7, 2003. For the latest SPECjAppServer2002 results visit http://www.spec.org/osg/jAppServer2002.

(2) Specifically on Linux for 64-bit and Microsoft Windows Server 2003.


Intel and Itanium are registered trademarks of Intel Corp. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corp. SPEC and the benchmark names SPECweb and SPECjAppServer are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Java is a U.S. trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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