BEA brings Tuxedo to Web services dance
- By John K. Waters
BEA Systems (http://www.bea.com) last week added technology to
its venerable Tuxedo TP monitor that officials say can ease the pain of Web
services-enabling, Tuxedo-based legacy applications. To that end, officials said
that the new Tuxedo 8.1 incorporates a direct link to Web services through
closer integration with the company's WebLogic application server and the
WebLogic Workshop development environment.
Providing Tuxedo -- which was acquired by the San Jose, Calif.-based
infrastructure software maker shortly after its inception -- with a Web-services
nip and tuck demonstrates an ongoing commitment to one of the company's true
workhorses, maintained company officials.
Olivier Helleboid, president of the BEA product organization, noted that the
latest release of Tuxedo comes some 20 years after its original unveiling by
AT&T. He said the latest version can extend Tuxedo into more modern
technologies by delivering ''a multilanguage platform that is tightly integrated
with the rest of their environment.''
Tuxedo was first developed in AT&T's Bell Labs, originally to handle
phone-switching networks. Novell purchased the software, and then sold the
technology to BEA in 1996. Tuxedo continues to serve as, in BEA's words, ''the
backbone for enabling transactions that stretch from front-end e-commerce
applications to back-office processes.'' Tuxedo processes phone calls, credit
card transactions, package shipping, ticket purchases, fund transfers between
banks as well as a host of other transaction-based activities. E-Trade and FedEx
are among its many users.
The multi-environment Tuxedo 8.1 complements Java-based WebLogic by
supporting a range of programming languages, including C, C++ and Cobol, on a
range of proprietary hardware. According to BEA's Helleboid, Tuxedo's closer
integration with WebLogic Server will lead to improved Tuxedo operations,
including single sign-on and centralized security administration. Tuxedo had
been able to interact with WebLogic through specific connectors, but
interactions via Web services will now be far quicker and need much less
integration, he added.
Separately, BEA representatives said that WebLogic Server 7.0 has been ported
to Hewlett-Packard's Itanium 2-based servers running the 1.6 version of the
HP-UX 11i operating system as part of a joint development effort by the two
NTT Comware Corp., one of Japan's largest system integrators, is already
offering BEA WebLogic on HP Itanium-based servers (HP Server rx2600), said
officials at that company.
John K. Waters is a freelance writer based in Silicon Valley. He can be reached