BEA aims to overthrow IBM

BEA aims to overthrow IBM

With Internet-commerce applications spurring demand for transaction processing systems to an all-time high, BEA Systems plans to make a renewed challenge to IBM for the transaction processing crown via a series of Java initiatives beginning this month.

BEA will announce a new lightweight asynchronous messaging platform, code-named Igloo, that will provide enterprise Java support and an R/3 connector for accessing SAP applications, according to a BEA official.

The release is part of a plan to offer end-to-end message-oriented middleware (MOM) enterprise application integration framework with native Java support in 1999.

Key features of Igloo will be built-in security through public key encryption, publish and subscribe capabilities, multicaching, and native support for Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB), said Alfred Chuang, chief technology officer and co-founder of BEA.

"A soup-to-nuts Java solution will let developers build their applications without making any deployment decisions - without locking themselves into any deployment framework," Chuang said.

The next step in the evolution of BEA's MOM application integration platform will be a project known internally as the Advanced Messaging System (AMS), slated for release in one year.

AMS will be the next generation of Igloo, sitting on top of BEA's messaging kernel and improving mission-critical performance with native Java support, according to Chuang.

Chuang said he expects these products to compete with IBM's MQSeries message-queuing middleware and TXSeries distributed TP monitor, which support EJB.

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