Oracle Buys BEA
By draks on Oct 12, 2007
Burys Buys BEA for the diabolical sum of $6.66 Billion! What deal is the Darth Vadar of sw companies getting into now? Certainly alot of people will make money on this, not the least of which is Carl Icahn who's 13.2 % stake in BEA just jumped 20% making him a $200 Million profit! But what does this mean to the App server community? If this merger goes like many of the other Oracle assimilation projects, I would expect the BEA app server to slowly disappear like the cheshire cat in Alice in Wonderland. BEA will stay around in name but their competing app server will slowly starve to death. This is a shame because BEA has a pretty good product. They have specialized in targeting vertical markets, namely telco, while Oracle has focussed their app server on whatever advantages their database. I feel for BEA's employees who are about to undergo the assimilation process and who see their years of work on the app server in jeopardy.
However, we have an alternative for you. Where Oracle focuses on data base and tools the GlassFish community focuses on Open Source and community. If you want to have input as to what features you need in an app server, come to GlassFish - as an open source community you get not only a voice in the direction of the product, you can make any changes / improvements you want AND get one of the fastest app servers around - and definitely FASTER than BEA. As for those of you who fear that your investment in BEA is now devalued, we have a FREE tool to migrate you from BEA to GlassFish that you can download here. To my BEA friends, come join us @ GlassFish, the water's just fine!