SOURCE: GigaSpaces

January 18, 2008 12:54 ET

GigaSpaces Issues Response to Oracle Acquisition of BEA

Company Outlines Drawbacks Deal Will Have on Thousands of BEA WebLogic Customers; Extends Transition Offer to an Alternative Middleware Stack

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 18, 2008) - GigaSpaces Technologies today issued an open letter to BEA WebLogic customers in response to Oracle's $8.5 billion acquisition of BEA. In the letter, the infrastructure software platform provider outlined the damaging impact the buyout will have on current WebLogic customers, as well as the middleware industry.

To alleviate the ramifications the deal will no doubt have, GigaSpaces extends an offer to all current BEA WebLogic and Oracle Fusion customers who stand to suffer from the acquisition.

The complete transcript of GigaSpaces' Open Letter to BEA WebLogic customers follows:

Dear BEA WebLogic Customer:

As you probably know, Oracle announced it is acquiring BEA for $8.5 billion. Independent industry analyst Vinnie Mirchandani said about the deal: "Customers, unlike investors, do not have much to cheer." You are now facing a vendor that will put you in one of two situations:

--  They will discontinue the WebLogic product line forcing you to rip-and-
    replace with Oracle Fusion middleware
--  They will continue the WebLogic product line, but will drive very
    little innovation. After all, as many industry experts have noted, Oracle
    is buying BEA mainly for the maintenance and support revenue stream from
    its large customer base (that's you!)

Either way, you're not in a very strong bargaining position.

Perhaps more importantly, this acquisition is the final nail in the coffin of what was the motivation for J2EE in the first place: to have an open standard that allows easily switching from one vendor's product to another. The reality is that there are now two mega-vendors, Oracle and IBM, each with what is essentially their proprietary, bloated middleware stack, which requires complex integration of multiple components (and surely Oracle or IBM professional services will be happy to perform this work -- for a fee).

We have a better proposition for you: turn this predicament into an opportunity; an opportunity to free yourself of J2EE altogether, reduce costs, increase the agility of your enterprise and significantly shorten your time-to-market for new products and services.

You can do that by leveraging a truly open middleware stack -- parts of which you may already be using, such as Spring, Hibernate and Tomcat -- and a new kind of application server, one built for the "cloud." Unlike a J2EE application server it is:

--  Built from the ground-up for a scale-out computing model, allowing
    your applications to easily and dynamically scale across a pool of low-cost
    commodity servers, just like Google;
--  Built from the ground-up for Service-Oriented Architecture, enabling
    you to easily add and change software services, and re-use existing
    investments in software development;
--  A single product that handles messaging, business logic and
    transactional data through an open-source, commonly used programming model,
    so your developers can focus on what they do best: quickly deliver new
    applications to your business, without having to deal with the complexity
    of writing and integrating infrastructure software.

GigaSpaces XAP is that application server, and it is already in use today by some of the world's leading organizations such as Lehman Brothers, Dow Jones, Nortel Networks and Virgin Mobile. GigaSpaces adds the core layer of middleware virtualization that will enable you to be independent of J2EE, while remaining compatible with it.

With this approach, you can significantly reduce costs by:

--  Increasing server throughput which reduces the amount of servers and
    software licenses required to handle the same volumes
--  Shorter time-to-market of new software products and services:
    --  Reduce deployment complexity - To scale, simply drop in more
        processing resources with no code changes.
    --  Avoid development complexity - Simple, open-source and commonly
        used development frameworks
--  Increasing reliability through better testability and self-healing
--  Utilizing a single platform for Java, .Net and C++

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The GigaSpaces Team

About GigaSpaces

GigaSpaces is the scale-out company, providing a new kind of application server, built for the "cloud." GigaSpaces' unique approach enables developers to write their business logic as if writing to a single computer and then seamlessly scale out the application linearly anywhere, and on-demand. GigaSpaces customers include leaders in the financial services, telecommunications sectors and government institutions, including: Société Générale, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Dow Jones, Virgin Mobile, Nortel and Hutchison 3G, where the need for mission-critical high-performance, reliability and scalability necessitates an alternative to traditional approaches, such as J2EE. GigaSpaces was founded in 2000 and has offices worldwide.

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