BEA buys Crossgain for WebLogic help

BEA Systems Inc., a leader in the market for application server software, will buy Crossgain Corp., a privately held software development company, for an undisclosed sum, BEA announced Tuesday.

BEA Systems has made the acquisition to gain Crossgain's team of engineers, who will help to develop BEA's line WebLogic server products, BEA Systems said in a statement.

BEA Systems and Crossgain could not immediately be reached for comment.

Based in Redmond, Washington, Crossgain was launched in February 2000 by a group of former Microsoft Corp. employees, and has as its chief executive officer the former vice president of Microsoft's platform group, Tod Nielsen. The Crossgain startup mission was to create services that enable large corporations to run software programs over the Web. Crossgain may have burned its bridges with Microsoft when it decided to develop its services using products with Sun Microsystems Inc. and Oracle Corp.

BEA is currently the leader in the application server market, holding 18.2 percent of the market, according to a report released Monday by International Data Corp. But the report also pointed out that IBM Corp. is hot on BEA's heels with its WebSphere application server, which now holds 15.4 percent of the market, with Sun Microsystems coming in third with 8 percent market share.

BEA has been partnering with companies such as Sun Microsystems, Computer Associates International Inc. (CA) and webMethods Inc. to insure that BEA WebLogic Server could work with products that take advantage of Sun's Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) applications. At the JavaOne Developer Conference in San Francisco last month, BEA Systems announced it was partnering with CA to create a new CA product to be called Unicenter Management for BEA WebLogic Server. The management product would aim to help integrate the performance management of Enterprise JavaBean (EBJ) components and J2EE-compliant application servers into a comprehensive e-business management system, company officials said at the timeBEA Systems also announced it was collaborating with webMethods so that customers could use BEA WebLogic Integration with webMethod's integration platform to develop new Java applications and integrate them into existing corporate and legacy applications.

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