BEA gets the hots for ColdFusion users

By using BEA's application server, ColdFusion users could get benefits, such as clustering and fail-over

BEA Systems hopes to lure users of ColdFusion applications to BEA’s WebLogic Server platform by licensing New Atlanta’s BlueDragon software.

BlueDragon, BEA WebLogic Edition, enables users of CFML (ColdFusion Markup Language) to run their applications natively on WebLogic Server. Legacy code can be redeployed to WebLogic, according to BEA.

“You don’t need to rewrite any software. You’re simply redeploying on WebLogic Server,” says Blake Connell, director of WebLogic Server product marketing at BEA. By using BEA’s application server, ColdFusion users get new benefits, such as clustering and fail-over, he says.

ColdFusion is Macromedia-developed technology for dynamic, web-based interactive applications. Macromedia merged with Adobe Systems late last year.

ColdFusion “has had a very long and storied history,” says Jeff Whatcott, senior director of product marketing at Adobe, who previously worked at Macromedia. The technology began in 1995 as a way to build dynamic web applications that connect to a database, Whatcott says.

Since 2002, ColdFusion applications have been able to run on top of J2EE servers such as WebLogic, Whatcott says. The New Atlanta technology has been seen as a more price-conscious way of running ColdFusion applications, but New Atlanta’s software lacks functions such as PDF generation.

Running ColdFusion applications on J2EE is “not a new capability,” Whatcott says.

BEA, however, believes that the New Atlanta software offers a much more automated and user-friendly way of running CFML applications on WebLogic Server, says Lorenzo Cremona, BEA director of applications infrastructure.

BlueDragon for BEA systems is available for US$3,000 (NZ$4,756) per CPU.

BEA, meanwhile, is also reporting that it has had a 12% increase in year-over-year licence revenues for WebLogic Server.

The company also reports it has teamed up with Hewlett-Packard, to supply new smart-tag systems to help businesses streamline their supply chain operations.

Under the partnership, BEA will provide its WebLogic RFID (radio frequency identification) products, while HP will offer its RFID implementation expertise, and global sales and support network.

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