Cape Clear tests new Web services platform
To meet the demands of customers moving to multi-server, multi-service Web
service deployments, Cape Clear Software is distributing a beta version of what
it calls a next-generation Web services platform, according to Executive Vice
President David Clarke.
He said IT organizations are going from testing the Web services waters to
plunging into large-scale deployments. The new platform is designed to meet
their requirements for deployment, management and security tools.
''We're increasingly getting asked about security, management and
performance,'' Clarke said. ''This tells us that people are looking at serious
deployments of Web services technology. They've moved beyond the point of
dipping toes in the water.''
He said customer feedback indicates that integration inside the enterprise is
still the main focus, with the size and complexities of those Web services
projects growing and the ultimate horizon expanding beyond the firewall. About
50% of security questions are raised by customers looking outside the firewall,
''The other half [of the questions], which I guess are the more tangible at
the moment, are still deploying integration solutions inside the firewall but
with a clear architectural objective of, over time, deploying outside the
firewall,'' Clarke explained. ''So we continue to believe the tangible security
interest we see is still focused around internal deployment and internal
integration. But people do understand they can use this [new platform] over time
with the same set of technologies outside the firewall.''
The beta release is code named G4 for Generation 4, and is downloadable from
the Cape Clear Web site (http://www.capeclear.com).
'We've had this technology in a number of customers hands at an alpha level,'
Clarke said. 'The requirements and functional specs were really written by our
existing customer base. We and our customer base have tested it extensively. We
encourage people to come along and beat the heck out of it and see what they can
The final release of the new version of the product is expected to be ready
to ship in approximately 30 days, Clarke said.
Rich Seeley is Web Editor for Campus Technology.