Novell said yesterday that its Extend product suite has been "Java verified", indicating that it can be ported across all Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) application servers.
The company stated that J2EE verification for its web application development suite was necessary because, despite the promise of J2EE portability, individual implementations of J2EE can vary from vendor to vendor.
"Most of the leading J2EE vendors don't want customers to port their applications to different application servers because 'lock in' to the J2EE engine is a key part of their product strategy," said David Litwack, senior vice president of Novell's web application development products.
"Novell does not force its biases upon customers. We offer the freedom of choice so that customers can deploy Novell Extend to the operating system and J2EE application server of their choice."
Alex Oliveri, vice president of technical services at BravePoint, a Novell channel partner, added: "Our customers aren't interested in products that are going to force them to commit to a single vendor's infrastructure or platform."
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