SOFTWARE BRIEFS: BEA, Consulcad, ColdFusion

SOFTWARE BRIEFS: BEA, Consulcad, ColdFusion

BEA upgrades JVM for Intel

Application server maker BEA Systems has released a major upgrade to its Java virtual machine (JVM) for servers based on Intel processors, citing growing interest among its customers for standard, low-cost hardware. Most of BEA's customers run its software on Unix servers from the likes of Sun Microsystems, using a JVM from Sun or Hewlett-Packard. But BEA expects demand for its software on Intel-based servers running Windows or Linux to grow "dramatically" in the next few years and needed to offer its own JVM for those customers.

Consulcad signs new vendor

Local IT services outfit Consulcad has announced an exclusive agreement to distribute Meridian project management software for Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. Consulcad provides a range of IT services to government and private industry clients including project management, software development and systems implementation. The group will now begin offering Meridian's suite of project management software to clients after the vendor decided to expand its international channel by assigning sole distribution rights to its software for 20 companies spread around the globe. The vendor claims this new emphasis on the channel has increased sales by 50 per cent in a matter of months.

ColdFusion on app servers

Macromedia will soon announce shipment of ColdFusion MX for J2EE Application Servers, a scripting technology that can now be deployed on application servers from IBM, Sun Microsystems, and Macromedia. ColdFusion, which features an accompanying run-time environment, enables development of applications such as dynamic Web sites, intranets, and content management systems. Other applications that can be deployed include full-text searching, charting, and a graphic engine.

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