How do you rate WAS 6.2 from SAP compared to WebLogic from BEA?
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SAP's upcoming Web Application server (WAS) 6.2 is supposed to allow developers to create Java Server pages to access the R/3 application server. This will be accomplished by integrating the Java virtual machine from a Java application server vendor that SAP purchased nearly two years ago.
However, BEA has been in the Java application server business for over five years now, and their WebLogic server is a highly respected product. WebLogic is currently seen as the default industry standard in Java application servers, and includes features designed to support mission critical applications. Using clustering and loadbalancing, you can ensure that your Java applications have 24x7x365 availability, and BEA continues to provide innovative technologies such as Web services in each release.
SAP's Web Application server should be ready for primetime in a year or two, but for now it should be seen as an initial effort into the Entperprise Java infrastructure space. The other component of WAS is the ability to combine ABAP and HTML directives to create dynamic Web applications for SAP. If you need to leverage existing ABAP skills to create applications for the Internet, the WAS is simply the only way to go.
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