Service-Oriented Integration
Connecting systems both within the enterprise and with suppliers, partners, and customers is of critical importance to today’s enterprise. However, integration remains complex, expensive, and risky. While Web Services won’t be the magic bullet that immediately solves these problems, they enable a new approach to integration. Service-Oriented Integration (SOI) leverages open standards, loose coupling, and dynamic description and discovery capabilities of Web Services to reduce the complexity, cost, and risk of integration. This report identifies the key aspects of SOI, solutions for implementing SOI, ROI metrics, and critical challenges.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Purchase: $1495[/hide]…

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ZapNote: AmberPoint
AmberPoint’s Web Services management solution helps companies transform their Web Services-based systems into enterprise-class, production-ready Service oriented architectures by providing applications for Web Services monitoring, security, and ease of implementation. AmberPoint takes a non-invasive approach to Web Services management that runs either in a J2EE server or on the .NET framework, or as a platform-independent application running in standalone mode as an agent on the network. AmberPoint’s clear product roadmap, solid technical and management teams, adequate funding, and increasing visibility in the marketplace make them a key player in the Web Services management space.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Purchase: $395[/hide]…

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ZapNote: nCipher
Due to XML’s human readable nature, XML and Web Services are particularly vulnerable to security compromises. As a result, any XML message, including SOAP messages, must be enhanced with security features including encryption, digital signatures, authentication mechanisms, and privacy controls. However, organizations face many performance and efficiency issues to properly implement SSL and PKI, which are critical elements to XML and Web Services security nCipher provides hardware security modules (HSMs) that deliver high performance cryptographic offload and secure key management used for SSL, PKI and custom software applications. nCipher’s FIPS 140 Level 3 certified products provide robust security and acceleration, while also delivering a highly scalable key management solution.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Overcoming XML’s Hidden Processing Costs
XML is pervasive. In a matter of years, it will fuel every application, device, and document found in enterprise networks. However, as XML proliferates, it will stress existing systems and enterprise budgets to their breaking points. This is because existing n-tier software architectures and legacy infrastructures were not designed to process this verbose new data type efficiently. What enterprises need is a new way to process XML in the network, rather than in software at the database, application server, or presentation tiers. Yet today’s existing network infrastructure is limited to switching lower layer protocols and is unable to detect XML – much less parse and process it. An emerging class of hardware-based XML-aware network devices addresses the performance, security and management issues that come with XML’s use in enterprise applications. These purpose-built network devices enable enterprises to process high volumes of XML in a way that offers high performance, optimal…

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Service-Oriented Process
Business processes have always been an important, if understated, asset of enterprises. The nature and methods by which a company runs its business changes on a daily basis at various different levels in the company — from high-level strategic changes to lower-level implementation details. As a result of these changes, enterprises constantly struggle to make their businesses more responsive to business changes by connecting their business requirements to their IT and human capabilities. However, automating business processes has historically been a difficult-to-achieve goal for most enterprises due to the flexibility of their IT infrastructure. Fortunately, businesses have a solution in Service-Oriented Process: a separate abstraction layer for business process definition and execution that leverages the capabilities of Service-oriented Architectures. Service-Oriented Process provides businesses an approach to tying business requirements to the Service model represented in the SOA metamodel, thereby providing a flexible approach towards implementing architectures that promote business agility.

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ZapNote: Vordel
Of all the different types of XML Proxies, the software XML firewall is one of the simplest to understand. It intercepts incoming XML messages, validates them, determines whether they are properly authorized, and routes them accordingly. Vordel’s VordelSecure product is a software XML firewall that runs on a Web server, therefore leveraging the capabilities of the Web server to provide high-performance security protection to the enterprise. Furthermore, VordelSecure supports a wide range of open standards and specifications and interoperates with many popular Web Services platforms, making it a likely choice for many enterprises looking to protect their Web Services from unauthorized or malicious traffic.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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ZapNote: RSA Security
RSA Security has been in the encryption business since day one, and they have since successfully leveraged their early leadership to offer a range of security products and technologies in the application security space. RSA offers encryption components that form the basis of many of the evolving XML security efforts on the market today, such as XML Digital Signature, and their pioneering work with the Security Assertions Markup Language (SAML) has affirmed their position as a leader in the identity management product space. [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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The Liberty Alliance: Circle of Mistrust
After almost a year of work, the Liberty Alliance (http://www.projectliberty.org) launched its first set of specifications, giving users simplified sign-on to Web sites from any platform or device as well as federated identity across multiple systems. The Liberty Alliance, led by Sun Microsystems, features an enterprise-heavy membership roster, including General Motors, Sony, American Express, United Airlines, Nokia, and dozens of others. The idea behind Liberty is relatively straightforward, and is best illustrated with an example. ABC Airlines and XYZ Car Rental Company decide to create an affinity group, or “circle of trust.” Mary is a frequent traveler and has accounts on both ABC’s and XYZ’s Web sites. She logs into ABC’s Web site. Her welcome page prompts her with the following message: “You may share (or federate) your ABC online identity with members of our affinity group, which includes XYZ.” Mary likes the idea, so she gives…

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ZapNote: Cysive
With each step in the evolution of computing, we have reduced the complexity of connecting back-end systems in a cohesive manner. However, there has not been a commensurate improvement in the quality of our access to these applications through devices such as the web, PDAs, cell phones voice, and handhelds. Cymbio Interaction Server, by Cysive, aims to solve this problem by delivering a multi-channel interaction server that aims to present a universal "interaction tier" in which Web Services from any source can be consumed, and then appropriately delivered to the correct end destination, whether desktop, mobile device, voice server, or another back-end system.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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