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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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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EA Summit: ZapThink Roadmap for SOA Adoption
Companies seeking to implement IT infrastructures that enable business agility have found that service-oriented architectures (SOA) based on Web services provide a cost-effective approach. This workshop provides companies of all sizes and industries with a detailed plan for SOA adoption, including the steps and phases by which companies can move from today’s brittle infrastructures to loosely-coupled asynchronous applications and systems. The session covers concepts in point-to-point Web services implementations for integration; securing, managing, and adding process layers to these services; implementing registries and management for loose coupling; moving to asynchronous invocations for greater reliability; and concepts in virtualization, grid computing, and more. [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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ZapThink: Web Services Management Market Set To Expand Dramatically; Growth Tempered by Fragmentation of Market Leading to Dominance by Incumbent Vendors
“Companies are coming to understand that Web Services Management is critical for both the operation of Web Services as well as SOAs,” said Jason Bloomberg, Senior Analyst with ZapThink. “As a result, vendors in this space are finding customer traction by offering a range of different capabilities, from monitoring, to SOA enablement, to metadata management.” Read more at: BusinessWire…

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Web Services Management
Key Points: The short term trend in the WSM market is primarily one of fragmentation. The longer term trend is to the SOAIF, as customers look to vendors to provide coordinated frameworks that offer not just management capabilities, but all the components needed to build, run, and manage SOAs. The opportunities for new entrants in the Web Services Management market will peak in 2004-2005, and drop off rapidly thereafter as incumbents move to consolidate the market. There is a rapidly closing window of opportunity for new entrants in the WSM space to achieve sufficient customer traction to establish themselves as successful WSM vendors. Companies building enterprise SOAs require SOA enablement capabilities, including dependency management, active routing, protocol translation, metadata management, and Service provisioning. Table of Contents: I. Web Services Management: A Transitional Market II. State of the WSM Market 2.1. Vendor Landscape 2.1.1. SOA Enablement 2.1.2. Web Services Security 2.1.3.

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Web Services Management: The Second Act
Of all the markets that the rush to capitalize on Web Services and Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA) spawned, the space known as Web Services Management (WSM) is likely the most turbulent. Marked by a large number of new entrant vendors and cutthroat competition for a steadily increasing number of customers, WSM products have come to offer a core set of functionality as well as many of the key capabilities necessary for companies to build and run SOAs. In the last two years, the WSM market has formed, grown, consolidated, shaken out, and finally, gained some traction with customers. Of all the markets that emerged from the groundswell of adoption of Web Services and SOA during that time, the WSM market has seen the greatest number of new entrants, the most consolidation, and the toughest competition. However, all this turmoil surrounding the WSM marketplace is particularly ironic, considering the fact that…

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AmberPoint Web Services Management Software Passes Market Adoption Landmark
“AmberPoint Express is a significant contribution to the Web services industry,” said Jason Bloomberg, Senior Analyst at ZapThink, LLC. “By providing these capabilities at no charge, AmberPoint is helping organizations better understand the runtime characteristics of their Web services and more effectively prepare their new services for production use. The broad adoption of AmberPoint Express is a clear indicator of the continuing growth of the Web services market.” Read more at: TMCnet.com…

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Metadata: The Lifeblood of the SOA
Enterprises need information and application visibility across their IT environment, regardless of how far along they are in their plans to implement an enterprise-wide Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). Without visibility into the workings of the systems, applications, and other elements of their IT infrastructure, businesses are unable to manage or improve their IT environment, and most importantly, meet their business requirements. Today, however, only a few companies have implemented SOAs. As companies build such architectures, the need for visibility becomes even more acute, because an SOA represents an abstraction layer that masks the complexity of the underlying technology while at the same time providing greater power and agility to the business user. Thus, in an SOA, both IT and business users require visibility into the workings of the SOA at some level. The key to this visibility in both types of situations is metadata: information about the elements of the…

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NetIQ and Infravio Form Strategic Alliance to Lead the Web Services Management Market
“This is a smart and forward-looking alliance for both Infravio and NetIQ,” stated Jason Bloomberg, senior analyst at ZapThink, a leading research and analysis group focusing on emerging technologies and their business impact. “As companies look to leverage the power of Web services and build Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs), systems management serves both to monitor the operation of the services, as well as to maintain the services layer that forms the core of the SOA. NetIQ and Infravio clearly complement each other with their strengths in systems management and SOA domain expertise, respectively. As a result, this partnership promises to provide substantial value to customers who are looking to build agile enterprise SOAs.” Read more at: Business Wire…

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