BEA WebLogic VE brings virtualization to the application server
Our product review reveals that WebLogic Server Virtual Edition is a bold innovation that effectively leverages VMware server virtualization but is currently hampered by a lack of management tools
The biggest drawback by a wide margin, however, is the lack of a console to manage these VE instances. Right now, all deployment has to be done using command-line arguments. Because this console is the principal tool for deriving benefits from VE, its absence is a serious drawback, limiting sites to doing no more than kick the tires on VE until the management software is ready.
In our product reviews, we normally include a report card that grades the salient product features. However, when key parts of a package have yet to ship and the product is a one-of-a-kind item, fair ratings are nearly impossible to compute. As a result, we have opted to include a list of features and the respective pros and cons that relate to VE as it ships today.
As can be seen from the table and my foregoing discussion, sites considering evaluating VE should, in my opinion, wait until the LOC ships in the first quarter of 2008. By that time, BEA might also have a more recent version of WebLogic available.