Menu Briefs: BEA, Telstra, Macromedia & Allaire Briefs: BEA, Telstra, Macromedia & Allaire

BEA weds Aussie hub

Web application server vendor BEA has signed a strategic partnership with Melbourne-based e-marketplace software developer Hubbub for joint sales and development in the Australian market.

Hubbub, a consulting and development house for Australian e-marketplaces, in areas ranging from horticulture to human resources, will add the BEA WebLogic Server 6.0 product to its suite and offer professional services through BEA-accredited developers to its customer base.

BEA will provide Hubbub with technical support, education and training, marketing and sales support, as well as a tailored licensing agreement. With this BEA training and accreditation, Hubbub consultants will be kept up to speed with the latest developments in J2EE (Java Enterprise Edition) and Enterprise Java Bean (EJB) innovations.

Snap, crackle, POP

Telstra is releasing a new IP service that allows ISPs to offer local call dial access to their customers, regardless of where they are located.

Called MegaPOP National, this service enables ISPs to buy "virtual" ports located in 66 areas throughout Australia. This move effectively outsources ISPs' dial access to Telstra.

"One of the chief benefits of this product is its flexibility. An ISP can maintain its existing infrastructure and spend more time on its own value-added offering to customers," says Telstra's wholesale managing director, Rosemary Howard.

ISPs need to buy a minimum of 10 ports, and customers access the ISP's service through a global number for ease of deployment and branding. At the same time the ISP controls its brand, service offering and user ratios.

Macromedia and Allaire completes merger

Web development tool vendors Macromedia and Allaire have announced the completion of the merger agreement signed in mid-January.

Under the agreement, Macromedia paid $US360 million in cash and stocks to acquire Allaire, to add the popular JRun and ColdFusion back-end tools to its design tools, such as Dreamweaver and Flash.

Shareholders and regulatory authorities have now approved the acquisition, and the merged entity will retain the Macromedia name.

At the time of the original acquisition announcement, both vendors indicated their distribution strategies would remain largely unchanged as both distribute the majority of their product through Firmware Design.

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