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BEA and Object Design Forge Marketing Relationship

BEA and Object Design Forge Strategic Technology and Marketing Relationship

Companies to Work Together to Integrate Leading Web Application Server With Leading ODBMS

SAN JOSE, California. and BURLINGTON, MA. February 16, 1999.

BEA Systems, Inc., a leading provider of end-to-end middleware solutions for enterprise applications, and Object Design, Inc., the leading provider of object data-management solutions for C++, Java, and XML-based applications, today announced that they have entered into a strategic technical and marketing relationship. The two companies plan to work together on product integration and joint programs designed to help customers build best-of-breed enterprise Java applications by leveraging the integration of the industry's highly acclaimed BEA WebLogic Java-based Web application server with the leading object database, Object Design's ObjectStore.

BEA WebLogic is the only application server that is written completely in Java and provides the most comprehensive implementation of the Java enterprise standards, including Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) technology. "Our goal is to provide our respective customers with a roadmap for building a best-of-breed system that leverages the industry's best object database and Java application server," said Larry Alston, vice president of marketing for Object Design. "We feel that there is no better combination for building and deploying enterprise Java applications."

ObjectStore enables developers to store their Java objects intact, thus eliminating the need for relational mapping code. This results in superior time-to-market and performance over relational database solutions. Furthermore, ObjectStore's patented caching technology automatically provides every application server with a local data cache that is automatically kept 100 percent up-to-date and transactionally consistent.

"ObjectStore's architecture is especially well-suited to our customers who are deploying Java applications across a cluster of BEA WebLogic servers," said Scott Dietzen, chief technology officer for BEA's WebXpress division. "ObjectStore's ability to maintain a consistent, in-memory cache on every server results in excellent performance, scalability, and reliability, which are critical considerations when deploying EJB components."

For information on integrating enterprise Java applications with the BEA WeLogic application server and Object Design, refer to the white paper posted at Customers who would like a copy of this paper sent to them should call Andy Murphy at 781-674-5300. Object Design plans to exhibit at BEA's Users Conference Feb. 21-24 in New Orleans, and will be available to discuss the benefits of the ObjectStore database with BEA WebLogic customers.

BEA Systems, Inc.

BEA Systems, Inc., is a leading provider of cross-platform middleware solutions for enterprise applications. BEA's products and services enable mission-critical, distributed applications to work seamlessly in client/server, Internet, and legacy environments. BEA provides transactional, messaging, and distributed object-based software, as well as an industry-leading Java Web application server, for developing and deploying these enterprise applications. The BEA WebLogic application server, developed and supported by BEA's WebXpress division, offers the critical front-end Web component to BEA's end-to-end enterprise middleware solution. In addition to its broad software product line, BEA provides complete solutions to its customers through its extensive partner network, and a full range of services including consulting, education, and support. BEA is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., and has 50 offices in 24 countries around the globe. The company's common stock trades on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol "BEAS." Additional information on BEA is available on the Internet at

Object Design, Inc.

Object Design, Inc. (, the leading provider of object data management solutions for C++, Java, and XML-based applications, develops and markets the ObjectStore database management system and related tools, the ObjectStore PSE Pro line of small-footprint embedded databases, and the eXcelon XML data server. ObjectStore, with its unique Cache-Forward database architecture, is used by customers in a wide variety of industries to build and deploy component-based computing applications. The company backs its products with comprehensive training, services, and support. Headquartered in Burlington, Mass., Object Design sells and supports its products through branch offices across the U.S., international subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Japan and Australia, and a worldwide network of distributors.

NOTE: BEA and BEA WebLogic are registered trademarks of BEA Systems, Inc. Object Design, the Object Design logo, ObjectStore, Leadership by Design, and Object Exchange are registered trademarks of Object Design, Inc. eXcelon and Cache-Forward are trademarks of Object Design, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

SOURCE: BEA Systems Inc.

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