BEA, VMware Extend Partnership For Java Virtualization

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BEA Systems and VMware Wednesday furthered their partnership by announcing plans to provide products for Java virtualization for the enterprise in a future release.

The companies collaborated on the development of seamless extension between BEA's virtualization products and VMware's VirtualCenter called LiquidVM VI Client Extension. Palo Alto, Calif.-based VMware said it intends to package the product within a future release of their Virtual Center product line.

The new product will enable VMware customers to access to BEA's other LiquidVM-based offerings within VMware's VI Client user interface. Customers will be able to deploy and manage enterprise Java applications as virtual machines within a VMware-virtualized environment.

With the LiquidVM VI Client Extension users can create, configure and manage LiquidVM-based virtual machines, such as WebLogic Server Virtual Edition or any other Java application, as standalone, bundled, ready-to-run software appliances that provide high performance computing to create a dynamic flexible architecture from within VMware VirtualCenter.

San Jose, Calif.-based BEA and VMware said they will work closely with their common channel partners to provide the distribution and expertise of the joint VMware and BEA products.

BEA LiquidVM is a virtualization-enabled version of the JRockit JVM that can run on a hypervisor without a standard operating system, allowing Java applications to run directly on the virtualized hardware without needing a standard OS. VMware Infrastructure enables customers to encapsulate applications and operating systems into virtual machines, which are standardized, hardware-independent packages that can be changed, moved and manipulated. This platform configures virtual appliances in addition to providing complete governance and automation solution for enterprise grade virtualization.

"BEA and VMware together have made the virtual Java appliance a reality," said Parag Patel, vice president, alliances, VMware, in a statement. "Organizations that deploy Java-based applications on dedicated servers can now easily move to the dynamic, flexible architecture enabled by VMware virtualization," said Parag Patel, VMware's vice president, alliances.

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