SilverStream updates app server

Silverstream Software on Tuesday enhanced its application server with stronger support for Web services.

The Billerica, Mass.-based application server vendor has touted its Web services strategy for months, aiming to make its e-commerce stack a viable option in a market that is led by BEA Systems Inc. and IBM Corp., and that also includes Sun Microsystems Inc./iPlanet, Hewlett-Packard Co./Bluestone Software Inc., and Oracle Corp., among others.

In April, SilverStream honed its product line in preparation for Web services.

"This is the release in which the Web services functionality and the J2EE [Java 2 Enterprise Edition] IDE are integrated into the core app server technology," said Misha Davidson, product manager for SilverStream.

As part of Tuesday's release, SilverStream also upgraded its toolset, which works with other vendors' application servers, namely IBM and BEA. "It can certainly be extended to any platform," Davidson said.

Most application server vendors have tailored their toolkits to work with other vendors' application servers over the past couple of months.

A recent IDC report stated that BEA owns 18.2 percent of the market. IBM is catching up with 15.4 percent and Sun/iPlanet weighs in at 8 percent.

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