SOA deluge from IBM, Sun, Infor and Vitria

SOA deluge from IBM, Sun, Infor and Vitria

Vitria Technology and CA have released service-oriented architecture software products aimed at letting customers more easily monitor and fix problems that occur in an SOA environment.

The announcements follow others made recently by IBM, Sun Microsystems and Infor. IBM is focusing on merging virtualisation with SOA and making it easier to deploy a service-oriented architecture, while Sun's offering focuses on the security and automation of large numbers of transactions and trading partners across multiple applications and systems.

Infor recently unveiled an SOA strategy called Open SOA, which helps companies build an event-driven SOA in which applications and software components can be deployed and upgraded without disrupting other enterprise systems.

In related SOA news, Vitria is releasing Business Accelerator, an SOA platform that allows enterprises to design business processes and deploy them on any type of application server.

"It's a new cut at SOA infrastructure and I think that Vitria pretty much had to do this," says Gartner analyst Roy Schulte. "It helps with the integration problems where you are connecting service components or service outlets. When you're connecting chunks of software which are different from each other, you need an intelligent backbone, and that's really what they have here."

Vitria also announced Resolution Accelerator 3.0, a product that resolves runtime errors or other computer problems that cause delays, high costs and customer dissatisfaction. It will be released at the end of the month.

This version of Resolution Accelerator includes a mass repair function that recognises common root causes of errors and provides a simple way to correct them all at the same time. Thousands of errors can be caused simultaneously by problems such as power outages or system outages, notes Dale Skeen, CEO and cofounder of Vitria.

Error, or exception, management becomes a bigger problem in SOA environments because they involve more applications from more vendors than standard IT infrastructures, Skeen says.

Last week, IBM said it has developed five new configurations for its System p servers that merge virtualisation and service-oriented architecture software to ease SOA rollouts.

The configurations combine IBM server and virtualisation technology with IBM SOA-based software offerings such as Websphere, Tivoli and Information Management.

Early this month, Sun Microsystems announced the availability of its Identity-Enabled Business-to-Business solution, which it says securely centralises and automates management of large numbers of transactions and trading partners across multiple applications and systems.

"As companies tackle larger B2B integration projects, these corporations are challenged with developing a B2B platform that can be re-used across multiple projects and which can provide a single point of entry into the company's firewalls," Sun said in a press release.

Last week, Infor unveiled Open SOA, a distributed architecture that lets companies create environments that use software components built in-house or by many different vendors, rather than an environment focused on one vendor's products.

"By remaining platform-independent, Infor Open SOA facilitates interoperability between different enterprise systems and prevents the need to 'rip-and-replace' to support the requirements of a proprietary middleware stack," Infor said in a press release.

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