Corporate software vendors jump for Java

Corporate software vendors flooded Sun Microsystems's JavaOne conference in San Francisco this week with news of Java-touting systems, software and support, underscoring businesses' increased demand for Internet applications.

Here's a rundown of some of the vendors' Java-friendly announcements:

-- Sun announced that due to heightened demand, it's building Java technology infrastructure into its managed hosting services. The company said that by adding Java Web application support, such as JavaServer Pages, Java Servlet technology and Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) products, hosting providers will give customers more options to develop and deploy interoperable Java Web applications and services.

-- IBM, however, pointed out that it is beating Sun and Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) in the race to make their operating systems Java savvy, by announcing that it is making 64-bit Java technology available on its AIX UNIX operating system.

-- Meanwhile, HP announced that the Netaction Internet software family will now include the HP Core Services Framework (HP CSF), enabling modular inclusion of Java services and application programming interfaces, and the HP Internet Server . HP CSF will be available for free download at in late June.

-- Oracle announced that the latest version of its Oracle9i Application Server also supports J2EE. The company says that the newest version of Oracle9i offers emerging Web service standards and Java and Web caching technologies that diminish companies' hardware requirements for business Internet applications.

-- Oracle also said that its Oracle9i Database software is currently available for free download from the Oracle Technology Network, so that businesses can test Internet applications. The company said that commercial availability of the database is slated for June 14.

-- E-business application provider BroadVision Inc. said that its One-to-One Enterprise 6.0 software is now compatible with HP's J2EE-certified HP Bluestone Total-e-server 7.3. The company said that with the new compatibility, customers can take advantage of HP's J2EE applications.

-- German software developer SAP AG's In-Q-My Technologies GmbH subsidiary said that SAP selected its Application Server as the Java technology platform for the e-business platform. The In-Q-My Application Server supports J2EE standards, which the company said will simplify the development, deployment and integration of clients' corporate applications.

-- Electronic-business platform provider Iona Technologies PLC made a flurry of new product and promotional announcements, including use of the company's 3.0 iPortal Application Server with the Java 2 Platform Enterprise. IONA also announced the general availability of the IONA B2B Integrator and of its Enterprise Integrator. The Enterprise Integrator securely supplies corporate applications over the Internet for creating trade alliances, while the B2B Integrator is used in packaged and custom business applications with business-to-business (b-to-b) and business-to-consumer (b-to-c) applications, the company said. In addition, the company announced a subscription-based pricing model that provides licenses to individual developers, beginning at US$495 a year per developer seat, and including upgrades and support.

-- Not to be left behind, BEA Systems Inc. announced it was collaborating with webMethods Inc. 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. The companies said that the relationship will enable their mutual customers to work easier in mixed environments, and that to facilitate the collaboration they plan to build a J2EE Connector Architecture-based bidirectional connector between the two companies' platforms.

The JavaOne conference continues until Friday.

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