SOURCE: Covalent Technologies

August 01, 2005 09:00 ET

Covalent Technologies™ Enters Web Services Arena

Leading Provider of Complete Enterprise Open Source Solutions Makes Investment in WSO2 to Bring Full Commercial Support for Apache Axis to the Enterprise for the First Time

PORTLAND, OR -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 1, 2005 -- Covalent Technologies™, the most trusted source for complete enterprise open source solutions, today announced at the 7th Annual O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) it has made a strategic equity investment in WSO2. WSO2 is a new global startup venture formed by pioneers in Web services and open source to commercialize products and services utilizing Apache Axis, the open source framework for creating, integrating, and deploying Web services applications.

The investment in WSO2 enables Covalent to offer full commercial development and production level support and professional services for Apache Axis to enterprise customers for the first time. Support for Apache Axis complements the company's industry leading support offerings for the Apache HTTP Web Server and the Apache Tomcat Application Server, among the most popular open source components in the world today.

With offices in Boston and Sri Lanka, WSO2 is developing an open source, integrated Web services middleware framework and value-added services based on Apache Axis and supporting secure, reliable transactions and business processes. WSO2 was recently founded by Sanjiva Weerawarana and Davanum Srinivas, co-creators of the core Web services platform specifications and standards and the technical leads behind the Web services initiatives at IBM and Computer Associates, respectively. Weerawaramn and Srinivas are key drivers in the Apache Axis Web services project as well as open source activities in Sri Lanka.

Web services technology has become the industry's favorite interoperable integration middleware. Based on a rough survey taken last month at Burton Group's Catalyst Conference, more than 80% of Global 1000 companies have deployed Web services applications.

"Apache Axis is the most popular open source Web services framework and the leading framework -- open source or commercial -- for deployment on Apache Tomcat," says Anne Thomas Manes, VP and Research Director at Burton Group. "Currently, though, the only support option available for Axis users is a volunteer-based email discussion list. Given the popularity of this framework for business-critical applications, enterprise users will no doubt appreciate the availability of professional service offerings, such as phone support, patches and updates, education, and consulting."

"Demand is rising and the need is real for full commercial support around Apache Axis as enterprise customers increasingly utilize this Web services framework to integrate their business platforms and processes," says Mark Brewer, CEO of Covalent Technologies. "Our partnership with WSO2 enables us to meet this demand as well as reinforce our long-standing commitment to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) and steadfast contributions back to the Apache open source community."

"Web services are defining an entirely new computing platform," says Sanjiva Weerawarana, CEO of WSO2. "We are thrilled to partner with such a well-respected open source provider as Covalent and excited to play an important role in the rapid adoption of Web services in the enterprise."

Support and Availability

Full commercial development and production-level technical support and professional services for Apache Axis are available now for current and new Covalent customers. For more information contact Covalent Technologies at 925/974-8800 or 800/444-1935 or via email at

About Covalent Technologies

Founded in 1998, Covalent Technologies is the most trusted source for complete enterprise open source solutions. The leading provider of products and services for the Apache Tomcat Application Server, Apache Axis Web Services Framework, and Apache HTTP, the world's leading Web server, Covalent is one of the few sources for full commercial support for Apache, Tomcat, and Axis on a global basis. Covalent has been the trusted source that Fortune 1000 enterprises turn to when migrating to open source and when deploying new open source initiatives. Covalent currently supports more than 50% of Fortune 500 and 70% of Fortune 100 companies. Customers include, among others: SBC, Pfizer, Morgan Stanley, National Semiconductor, Texas Instruments, Johnson & Johnson, British Telecom, Fidelity Investments, NASA, Hewlett-Packard, Siemens, General Electric, and Bear Stearns. Covalent has assembled the deepest talent pool of Apache experts in the industry and is proud to be one of the most distinguished supporters of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) (, the dominant community for useable open source, and the open source community in general. For more information, visit

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