BEA senior director of investor relations Eric Stahl writes:
The battle for the SOA platform is well underway. Today IBM announced a variety of new SOA products and services. For those of you keeping score,....IBM has conceded the SPECjAppServer2004 benchmarks to BEA. BEA currently owns the top three throughput results and has shown that WebLogic can process the same number of transactions on half the hardware as WebSphere. IBM hasn't published a benchmark since October 2005....Network Computing did a detailed Enterprise Service Bus product review in March 2006. The ESB is generally considered to be core to SOA. IBM's ESB came in 6th out of 8 products reviewed. BEA's AquaLogic Service Bus, which was launched in July of 2005, took 1st place.....it is safe to assume that WebSphere and other key branded license revenues are shrinking, not "gaining share" as they say.
These are Eric's Stahl's fightin' words. Not mine. So don't take them as gospel without checking them out. If and when IBM responds, I'll point to it. Meanwhile, it is pretty interesting that BEA is ready for a FUDosphere deathmatch.