BEA Holds Lions Share of J2EE App Server Market

By Natasha Gray (Send Email)
Posted Sep 26, 2001


A report recently issued by Meta Group revealed BEA Systems Inc., IBM, and Oracle Corp. to be the key players that enterprises turn to when deploying Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) application servers.

BEA came in as the market leader, with 37 percent of those surveyed using its WebLogic e-business platform. Based on survey data, BEA''s market share is nearly 70 percent higher than that of its closest competitor, IBM, whose WebSphere application owns 22 percent of the market. Oracle''s Application Server trailed in third with 11 percent.

A report recently issued by Meta Group revealed BEA Systems Inc., IBM, and Oracle Corp. to be the key players that enterprises turn to when deploying Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) application servers.

The results came from a Meta Group survey of more than 200 IT decision-makers who are managers and executives responsible for selecting and deploying J2EE applications servers.

The purpose of the survey was to determine which J2EE application servers are actually being used for deploying e-business applications. Additional research looked at the specific use of J2EE application servers for applications using Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB). In this category, BEA again took the lead, with 52 percent market share. IBM and Oracle followed, with 14 percent and 6 percent market share, respectively.

EJB deployments are important, says the Meta Group, because of their use for complex applications. They also provide the essential infrastructure for the business logic, transaction management, and database access for enterprise applications.

"Many studies have attempted to measure application server market share using license revenue estimates and service revenue allocations, often providing an incomplete picture of the market," says Tod Nielsen, senior vice president, corporate product marketing and developer services for BEA.

He added that these findings have gone to the heart of the issue in identifying which application server is actually being deployed for important applications, and they show "that the market is putting its trust in BEA."

Goldman Sachs believes the significance of the findings should not be overstated. A statement released Wednesday said that the Meta Group''s conclusions regarding both BEA''s overall position and lead among EJB users is understandable in light of WebLogic''s historic technical lead. Goldman Sachs, however, does not regard BEA''s lead over IBM as necessarily meaningful, as Meta''s analysis does not accommodate recent changes in competitive offerings.

"While looking at a small portion of the installed app server base tells us something, it generates backward-looking results. We care much more about new sales, where BEA''s lead is increasingly challenged by IBM and others," the statement said.

Looking forward, Thomas Murphy, program director, Application Delivery Strategies for Meta Group, believes the application server market will continue to consolidate around a select group of vendors that provide an e-business platform with a foundation for problem solving that also offers growth and flexibility as an enterprise''s needs change.

"We believe application server functionality will rapidly extend beyond this platform to impact the entire e-business environment as vendors attempt to differentiate themselves with enhanced capabilities and functionality," Murphy said.

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