BEA and Red Hat Partner to Deliver Unparalleled Java Performance for Enterprise-Class Linux


United States, August 13, 2002

Companies Collaborate to Bring BEA WebLogic JRockit and BEA WebLogic Server to Red Hat Linux Advanced Server CustomersAugust 13, 2002

BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS), the world's leading application infrastructure software company, and Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq: RHAT), the premier Linux and open source solutions provider, today announced an expanded partnership to bring high-performance, enterprise Java to the leading enterprise Linux platform. The agreement provides for BEA to certify its Java Virtual Machine (JVM), BEA WebLogic JRockit, as well as BEA WebLogic Server, the market-leading application server, to run on Red Hat Linux Advanced Server. In turn, the agreement provides for Red Hat to make BEA WebLogic JRockit available to its customers through the Red Hat Network, which allows organisations to manage and deploy updates to multiple systems simultaneously.

As the only enterprise-class JVM optimised for the Intel Architecture, BEA WebLogic JRockit delivers a high level of performance for Java applications on any deployment platform. Combining these performance benefits with the inherent cost savings of Red Hat Linux Advanced Server, this agreement addresses the needs of corporate customers eager to deploy high-performance Java solutions, while reducing enterprise computing. Porting BEA WebLogic Server to Red Hat Linux Advanced Server delivers a scalable and cost-effective computing platform for companies to build their application infrastructure and deliver a range of Web applications, from Web services to collaboration and content management, to other mission-critical business processes.

said Bob Griswold, vice president and general manager of Java Runtime Products Group, BEA Systems, Inc. "BEA has already expanded customer choice through BEA JRockit's availability for Intel-based servers, and now BEA is meeting the market demand for Red Hat Linux-based solutions."

Java Virtual Machines translate Java code into machine code for a specific hardware and operating system platforms. As the first JVM built from scratch for server-side Java, BEA WebLogic JRockit is specifically designed to address the unique enterprise-class performance demands of today's Web applications. Because BEA WebLogic JRockit is hardware independent, it allows businesses to maximise hardware usage, lower investment costs and leverage the true benefits of the Java language. Today's announcement is designed to enable business to lower IT costs further by deploying J2EE applications on Red Hat Linux Advanced Server.

said Mike Evans, VP of Business Development, Red Hat, Inc. "The collaboration between Red Hat and BEA is important to allow us to deliver enterprise-class solutions faster and more economically, helping enable our enterprise customers to gain even greater performance and cost benefits. Together, we are creating a stable, reliable platform that help meet customers's IT infrastructure needs."

Also in accordance with the alliance, Red Hat has agreed to promote the availability of BEA WebLogic JRockit to its customers and BEA as agreed to offer technical support to customers who deploy BEA WebLogic JRockit on Red Hat Linux Advanced Server. The agreement also calls for future co-marketing and joint development activities.

About BEA Systems

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