Reactivity: Consistent Policy Governance & Enforcement
As companies look to realize the benefits of Web Services and Service-Oriented Architectures, namely business agility through loose coupling of heterogeneous systems, they realize that security and reliability are key challenges that they must address in order to achieve success. While there exist a wide array of solutions that provide basic security capabilities at the performance levels required for real-time operations, very few solutions provide the broad support that companies need for managing their Services in the context of the rest of their IT ecosystem. In reality companies require not just runtime security and authentication, but also policy management, operations support, auditing, and governance of their infrastructure. Reactivity provides hardware-based products that offer a comprehensive solution to give companies the control they want over their most important assets, while taking advantage of the benefits of SOA. [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Systinet Senior Program Manager Elected OASIS Committee Co-Chair
“A standards-based registry is essential to an SOA, and Systinet is taking the lead in both defining the UDDI OASIS Standard and creating innovative products based around it,” said Jason Bloomberg, senior analyst, ZapThink. “UDDI enables the loose coupling between service consumers and producers that provides the key agility benefit of service-oriented architectures. It’s the mechanism that provides visibility, scalability and reusability in an SOA. In other words, without UDDI it could be very difficult to get much benefit out of an SOA.” Read more at: Business Wire…

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Software's Dirty Little Secret
Since the days of Bletchley Park‘s Colossus, the world’s first programmable computer, the creation of software has been separate from the production of the machines that run that software. For the first time, a machine was programmable instead of purpose-built. In other words, people did not determine the specific requirements for computers before they built them. Instead, programmers wrote software later to meet those requirements. No longer did hardware have purpose-built requirements; instead, people had the meta-requirement of programmability — the requirement that they be flexible enough to meet as-yet undefined requirements at some point in the future. Today, we use the term high technology to refer in part to programmable machines — whether they be computers or any number of other devices with the computer chips that enable them to meet the meta-requirement of programmability. While computers are high tech, the surprising fact is that software…

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Network Operations and Application Development: Different Worlds No More
Today’s corporate network has evolved from a convenient means to connect a few important systems to critical infrastructure on which the lifeblood of an organization runs. Companies today are dependent on their networks to enable their core applications and business processes, and any network disruption has a profound impact on the financial health of the organization. Yet, despite the important role that networks serve, the realms of application development and network operations have traditionally been separate, disconnected domains. Developers usually build applications that run on servers, and network administrators maintain and configure the network that connects them, but rarely vice-versa. As a result, these two sets of professionals rarely have the opportunity to work together directly. One of the surprising side effects of the movement to Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), however, is that this natural separation between application development and network operations is breaking down. The reason for this unexpected trend…

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F5 Networks: Leveraging The Network As An Integral Part Of The Application
Despite the important role that networks serve, the realms of application development and network operations have traditionally been separate and disconnected domains. This artificial separation of concerns causes problems when distributed computing approaches merge many of the traditional concepts of application and network. In particular, the movement to Web Services and SOAs eliminates many of the artificial barriers between what was once considered the domain of software, and what was the domain of network hardware. F5 aims to change this IT status quo through its products that give greater ability for network appliances to be utilized as application resources by developers . At the core of their products is their iControl technology, which leverages Web Services to provide an API that enables remarkable levels of control over the network infrastructure. DataPower-082004-ZTZN-1159-1…

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Systinet's Leadership Grows with over 50,000 Registered Web Service and SOA Enablers
“For many enterprises, Web services have moved beyond the hype stage and are now a reality, as companies take the next step and build Service-Oriented Architectures,” said Jason Bloomberg, senior analyst at ZapThink. “Systinet was early to the Web services scene and has set the pace for the SOA enablement technology market ever since. 50,000 users is a significant milestone for an independent vendor, making Systinet a clear thought leader for Web services enablement.” Read more at: Business Wire…

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Infravio X-registry: Managing Service Consumers with a Comprehensive Registry Solution
A management infrastructure is a critical requirement for building and running Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs). In particular, managing the relationship between Web Service providers (the systems that provide Services) and the Web Service consumers (the systems that utilize these Services) in order to insure loose coupling between consumers and providers is especially important to maintain two core benefits of SOA: asset reuse and business agility. While there are many management products on the market that enable IT personnel to manage Service providers, Infravio’s X-registry is one of the few products on the market today that also allows for the management of Service consumers. Through the use of Web Services Delivery Contracts that specify Service consumers’ security, protocol, and service level requirements, X-registry fills the missing link in the SOA management chain: the management of Service consumers.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Software AG: XML Business Integration Portfolio
Companies continue to invest in their increasingly complex IT infrastructure while seeing gradually diminishing benefits, due to the challenges of trying to achieve their business needs from an heterogeneous environment of systems of different types, ages, architectures, and technologies. To address these challenges, companies require a technology solution that provides a standards-based, comprehensive technology platform for working in a heterogeneous IT environment. Software AG’s XML Business Integration Portfolio enables companies to realize reduced integration costs and greater business agility through the delivery of Service-Oriented Architectures to disparate, heterogeneous IT systems by means of a combination of legacy-enablement, unstructured and structured data integration through Enterprise Information Integration, a reliable Enterprise Service Bus, and integration approaches based on SOA.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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UDDI: Straw Man or Ugly Duckling?
The Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI) standard is the least understood and often the most maligned of the core Web Services standards. Unlike its now well-understood cousins SOAP and WSDL, UDDI has experienced limited and sporadic adoption by companies implementing Web Services-based SOAs. This lukewarm reception is particularly surprising, considering that discovery is a core feature of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), and SOAs are all the buzz in IT shops around the world today. So, what’s the problem with UDDI, anyway? Why is it so misunderstood? And most important, what will the future bring for UDDI adoption? Off to a Poor Start: the UDDI Straw Man UDDI was originally the brainchild of a consortium of vendors led by IBM, Microsoft, and Ariba in 2000. SOA proponents primarily at IBM promoted the “publish-find-bind” SOA triangle, and sketched out the core of UDDI to provide a standard way of handling…

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SCO Delivers SCOx Web Services Substrate (WSS) in New UnixWare 7.1.4
“Although the Web Services market is still emerging, many companies today are finding substantial business value in their Web Services initiatives, both in terms of reduced cost and increased agility,” said Jason Bloomberg, Senior Analyst at ZapThink. “SCO understands the potential of this market and how Web Services technologies can help companies solve a range of application and legacy integration problems. The company is making solid moves to roll out its innovative Web Services-based products like the SCOx Web Services Substrate to its SCO UNIX customers and resellers.” Read more at: Silicon Valley Biz Ink…

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