BEA dons Web services version of Tuxedo

E-business infrastructure software company BEA Systems Inc. announced Monday a Web service-enabled release of transaction processing platform BEA Tuxedo.

The San Jose-based company’s Tuxedo offering ties together front-end e-commerce applications to back-office processes. The Web-services enabled version – BEA Tuxedo 8.1 – extends Tuxedo’s service-oriented architecture to the Web and permits tighter integration with BEA WebLogic Server and BEA WebLogic Workshop, BEA said.

The additions include “improved” BEA Tuxedo operations, administration and maintenance (OA&M) and new support for single sign on and centralized security administration.

An analyst said BEA was on the right track with Web services enablement of Tuxedo, but that Tuxedo is not the wave of the future.

“It’s really an older paradigm of application development,” said Mike Gilpin, research fellow at Giga Information Group, based in Cambridge, Mass. “There might be a few exceptions here and there, but in general just about everybody who needs to use Tuxedo already has it.”

But George Gould, director of Tuxedo product marketing for BEA, in San Francisco, said in the U.S., BEA since 1996 has grown the user base of Tuxedo from 200 customers using it for mission-critical applications to 2,000 customers. Gilpin, however, said users are now looking at J2EE or .Net for the type of applications that have been performed by Tuxedo. Still, legacy applications based on older transaction monitors such as Tuxedo will be in use for years to come, said Gilpin.

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– with files from IDG News Service