BEA Teams with Akamai

Companies aim to ease deployment of Web-based applications

Tempe, AZ  September 28, 2001  BEA Systems and Akamai Technologies are teaming up in an effort to make it easier for e-businesses to offer Web-based applications, the two companies announced today.

BEA Systems, a provider of e-business software, said that its WebLogic E-Business Platform will support the Edge Side Includes (ESI) mark-up language and the Java-based custom tag library for ESI (JESI). As a result, WebLogic will be able to interoperate with services such as Akamai's EdgeSuite to simplify the development and deployment of dynamic e-business applications.

Akamai Technologies is a provider of outsourced e-business infrastructure services and software.

What does all this mean for your company? Here's the explanation provided in a statement from the two solution providers:

"Web-enabled enterprises are increasingly evolving beyond the display of static Web pages to include dynamically generated content, such as product catalogs, auctions, exchanges, stock quotes and personalized content. The creation of this dynamic content places significant strain on traditional Web site architectures and hinders performance, which means that pages download more slowly, the user experience is worsened, and impatient customers are potentially lost.

"By incorporating ESI functionality," the statement continues, "BEA WebLogic will give users the flexibility and benefits of distributing the assembly of dynamic content and applications to Akamai's globally distributed network of nearly 12,000 servers at the Internet's edge  optimally located near end-users."

ESI is an open mark-up language and a proposed standard created to define Web page fragments, such as stock quotes and catalog prices. ESI enables companies to develop Web applications once, then choose at deployment time where the application should be assembled, on the application server, the content management system or the content delivery network, thus reducing complexity, development time and deployment costs.