CA move allows Web services to come of age: DataPower CTO
The era when Web services applications were 'toy pilot
projects' managed with tools from start-up vendors is over, contends Eugene
Kuznetsov, chairman and CTO at DataPower
Technology Inc., Cambridge,
The new era of ''complex, real-world XML Web services'' is marked by Computer
Associates' (CA's) announcement this week of general availability for its
Unicenter Web Services Distributed Management (WSDM) product, he argued. CA is
partnering with Kuznetsov's company to incorporate DataPower's hardware security
and performance monitoring technology into the Unicenter WSDM system.
DataPower XML-Aware Network (XAN) infrastructure technology for monitoring
performance, security and reliability of Web services will fit into the
Unicenter WSDM management framework.
''It makes a lot of sense to use our wire-speed proxy doing traffic inspection
and policy enforcement, and your existing, very sophisticated, very complex,
very intelligent Unicenter management system to manage this new class of network
traffic called XML Web services,'' Kuznetsov said.
But all the sophisticated monitoring technology is part of a larger change in
Web services applications in his opinion. ''Part of what this enables and part of
what this is driven by is much more complex Web services rollouts,'' Kuznetsov
said. ''Not just toy pilot projects, but real-world Web services where you have
performance requirements, reliability requirements and very stringent security
With large vendors like CA -- which has also partnered with Microsoft and BEA
in its new Unicenter offering -- Kuznetsov argues that the Web services market
''The big story here is that you're now starting to see a move away from the
tightly coupled, non-standard-based stovepipe Web services management
applications offered by start-ups,'' he said. ''Now you're seeing the space
mature. You see a move away from these highly verticalized products. Instead,
you see Web services management becoming part of overall systems and security
Rich Seeley is Web Editor for Campus Technology.