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BEA Guardian Raises Competitive Bar in Application Server Market

Only Vendor Offering Pre-emptive Support Technology; Guardian Now Available Free Of Charge

SHANGHAI, China, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BEAWorld -- BEA Systems, Inc. , a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software, today announced that its popular BEA Guardian(TM) 1.0 product is now available free of charge to all BEA customers. The powerful BEA Guardian technology is designed to scan an environment and eliminate potential problems or incompatibilities before they can occur. As the only vendor that offers pre-emptive support for application servers, BEA has used Guardian to solidify the company's leadership position and to meet its goal of reliable uptime for mission-critical systems. BEA Guardian 1.1, which will launch next spring, will be available free of charge and will be bundled with upcoming BEA WebLogic Server(R) releases to protect business continuity in enterprise environments and raise the bar for comprehensive support. This release removes the financial deployment barriers for all customers and reflects BEA's commitment to helping ensure that our customers' most critical applications and systems are performing at their peak.

"BEA recognizes that pre-emptive support is no longer an option, but a necessity," said David Gai, executive vice president of worldwide services for BEA Systems. "Enterprises simply must identify potential problems because doing so is critical to prevent systems outages from occurring. As the only application server vendor offering pre-emptive support technology, BEA remains committed to providing unprecedented levels of support value and long-term investment protection for its customers, and that is why we've decided to make BEA Guardian available to all of our support customers."

According to Forrester Research, the primary causes of downtime are: human configuration error (40%), software quality (30%) and missing patches (20%). BEA Guardian excels at preventing these types of application server problems and pre-empting problems before they happen. For customers who have already deployed the technology, BEA Guardian has deflected more than 4,700 potential technical issues and has helped reduce its users' worldwide average case closure time by 88 percent.

Bundling BEA Guardian 1.1 with future BEA WebLogic Server releases marks the integration of BEA Guardian into the foundation of BEA's technology stack.

Future bundled releases will: -- Incorporate the BEA Guardian agent into BEA WebLogic Server, making it easier to install BEA Guardian into production environments. -- Allow customers to quickly deploy and enable the BEA Guardian agent through the BEA WebLogic Server Console. -- Let users launch BEA Guardian from the BEA WebLogic Server Console so they can evaluate their domain changes from one administration screen. -- Integrate BEA Guardian and the BEA Smart Update Tool to allow customers to apply patches from BEA Guardian.

"We believe bundling BEA Guardian with BEA WebLogic Server will raise the bar on application server uptime and revolutionize how software support is delivered," said Terry Clearkin, senior vice president and general manager of worldwide support for BEA Systems. "Traditional knowledge management, the type that forces the customer to invest time, effort and resources in identifying issues their vendor already knows about, will be replaced. It isn't necessary to invest that level of management anymore because BEA Guardian can get there first."


BEA Guardian 1.0 is available today for download. BEA Guardian 1.1 will be available in spring 2008. The BEA Guardian 1.1 / BEA WebLogic Server bundles will be available second half of 2008. For more information, please visit http://www.bea.com/support/guardian.

About BEAWorld

BEAWorld is the premier event for SOA thought leadership and takes place in three strategic world markets spanning the Americas, Europe and Asia. The conference is designed to provide critical insights, hands-on instruction, best-practice strategies and opportunities for interaction with like-minded professionals, industry leaders, visionaries and expert practitioners.

In addition to highlighting the innovation and tangible business results BEA customers have achieved, BEAWorld is the place to find the latest information on BEA infrastructure technologies including BEA Tuxedo(R), BEA WebLogic(R) and BEA AquaLogic(R). This year's event will also include a Solutions Showcase, exhibiting the latest and most innovative developments from the extensive BEA partner community.

The third of three worldwide events is scheduled to be held in Shanghai (Dec. 12-13). The first event was held in San Francisco (Sept. 10-12), and the second event was held in Barcelona (Oct. 2-4).

About BEA

BEA Systems, Inc. is a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software. Information about how BEA helps customers build a Liquid Enterprise(TM) that transforms their business can be found at bea.com.

Legal Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the statements in this press release are forward-looking, including the statements regarding BEA Guardian 1.1, its scheduled release date, availability at no cost, bundling with other BEA products and its features and benefits, including providing unprecedented levels of support value and long-term investment protection for its customers. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could cause results to differ materially include risks associated with: any unforeseen changes in the technology, standards or marketplace for enterprise information integration software; the timing of a recovery from any economic and IT industry downturn; any unforeseen technical difficulties related to the development BEA's solutions; and any software errors related to BEA's solutions. Readers should also refer to the risk disclosures set forth in BEA's 10-Q for the quarter ended October 31, 2007 as filed with the SEC and subsequent reports filed thereafter by BEA from time-to-time with the SEC. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are made as of the date hereof, and BEA does not assume any obligation to update such statements nor the reasons why actual results could differ materially from those projected in such statements.

Copyright 1995-2007, BEA Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. BEA, BEA AquaLogic, BEA eLink, BEA WebLogic, BEA WebLogic Portal, BEA WebLogic Server, Connectera, Compoze Software, Jolt, JoltBeans, JRockit, SteelThread, Think Liquid, Top End, Tuxedo, and WebLogic are registered trademarks of BEA Systems, Inc. BEA Blended Application Development, BEA Blended Development Model, BEA Blended Strategy, BEA Builder, BEA Guardian, BEA Manager, BEA MessageQ, BEA microService Architecture, BEA SOA 360, BEA Workshop, BEA WorkSpace 360, Signature Editor, Signature Engine, Signature Patterns, Support Patterns, Arch2Arch, Arch2Arch Advisor, Dev2Dev, Dev2Dev Dispatch, Exec2Exec, Exec2Exec Voice, IT2IT, IT2IT Insight, Business LiquidITy, and Liquid Thinker are trademarks of BEA Systems, Inc. BEA Mission Critical Support, BEA Mission Critical Support Continuum, BEA SOA Self Assessment, and Fluid Framework are service marks of BEA Systems, Inc. All other company and product names may be the subject of intellectual property rights reserved by third parties. All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies.

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CONTACT: Press, Jim Rivas, +1-408-570-8834, [email protected], or Analysts,
Joe Hnilo, +1-408-570-8314, [email protected], both of BEA Systems, Inc.

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