March 10, 2004

A Linux Middleware Provider Takes On IBM, BEA

Many software makers have latched onto Linux,
hailing its open-source origins as a way to revamp corporate

Middleware leaders IBM Corp. and BEA Systems Inc.
won't say anything about a 30-employee rival
that, even with a recent cash infusion, is a sliver their size.
Open-source application server maker JBoss Inc. recently said it
secured $10 million in venture capital funding from Matrix Partners
and Accel Partners.

The software offered by JBoss doesn't have all the features of IBM's
WebSphere or BEA's Web-Logic. But some observers say it could create
big headaches for the two big companies because it offers corporate
customers a "free" alternative.



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