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CA, BEA Partner on ID Mgt

BEA Systems and CA announced a partnership to further streamline and simplify identity and access management (IAM) across the enterprise

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- BEA Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: BEAS) and CA, Inc. (NYSE: CA) today announced a partnership to further streamline and simplify identity and access management (IAM) across the enterprise – jointly helping customers reduce IT costs and improve performance by combining best-of-breed Web single sign-on, user management, and SOA Infrastructure.

BEA has chosen to strategically partner with CA for IAM, with integration across the AquaLogic and WebLogic product families to CA’s leading IAM technology, specifically CA SiteMinder and CA Identity Manager. The two companies will validate the existing integrations and collaborate to extend the integrations for their joint customers. In addition, CA has chosen BEA’s award-winning WebLogic Server as the application server for CA’s IAM technology where it plans to make additional investment to extend current integration between the product lines to drive improved performance.

“Identity and Access Management is critical within SOA as applications become increasingly distributed,” said Wai Wong, executive vice president, products at BEA Systems. “CA and BEA together can enable customers to benefit from reduced administration costs of their security architectures, as well as provide increased IT efficiency and better business agility through their application and SOA infrastructure.”

The companies plan to conduct interoperability testing and validations that can provide customers with improved performance and reliability. As part of the agreement, BEA and CA are focusing investment in these areas:

    · Engineering and development – The two companies plan to validate and further extend integration between CA SiteMinder and BEA WebLogic and AquaLogic technologies, while also collaborating on identity and access management standards

    · Distribution – CA will include WebLogic Server Premium Edition evaluation license with CA Identity Manager as the application server of choice for CA IAM technology

    · Marketing programs – The companies will implement marketing and sales programs to communicate the value proposition of their joint solutions to current and prospective customers and proactively team together on customer opportunities

      “With the ongoing trend of abstracting identity and security logic from the underlying applications, integration between CA’s IAM solution and BEA’s application infrastructure will offer customers the flexibility and control they need to deliver a new generation of value-added services across the extended enterprise,” said Bilhar Mann, senior vice president and general manager of CA’s security management business unit.

      In September, CA was named the worldwide market leader in IAM software by IDC for the sixth consecutive year. According to IDC's report, “Worldwide Hardware Authentication and Identity and Access Management 2005 Vendor Shares” (IDC #203708, Sep 2006), CA continues to lead the IAM market, with a 17.2 percent share and revenues exceeding $522 million.

      BEA Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS)

      CA Inc. (NYSE: CA)

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