From Oracle FAQ
BEA Systems, Inc. was a company, founded in 1995, that developed enterprise infrastructure software, until it was purchased by Oracle Corporation in January 2008.
The company's name, BEA, was an acronym based on the first names of the company's three founders: Bill Coleman, Ed Scott and Alfred Chuang.
BEA had three major product lines:
- Tuxedo, a Transaction Oriented Middleware platform similar to IBM's CICS;
- WebLogic, a J2EE Enterprise Infrastructure platform; and
- AquaLogic, a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) platform.
WebLogic was competing against the Oracle Application Server while AquaLogic was competing against Oracle's SOA Suite.