Up from Java messaging
Like Sonic Software, another early player in the Java Messaging Service vineyard, Fiorano Software Inc. has expanded its middleware portfolio and begun to support Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) solutions. Earlier this year, Fiorano released Fiorano Enterprise Service Bus 3.5, with HTTP receive services for portal integration, as well as a Fiorano Service Development Studio for easier middleware development and deployment.
Sriram Chakravarthy, director of product management, said Fiorano's Business Integration Suite is built on a second-generation ESB. The company has not always been on the ESB bandwagon, however. Fiorano began as a Java Messaging Service (JMS) vendor and had the first version of its JMS product (FioranoMQ) in October 1998, Chakravarthy said.
"In the early 2001 timeframe, we came up with the design idea of the ESB [then called Tifosi] based on feedback from our MQ customers as well as other emerging market standards. We came to realize that there was a need for a standards-based product on top of MQ that would address the critical requirements of distributed computing [that plain messaging does not address]," he explained.
Some of those requirements include external data routing, remote deployment and launch, presence and availability, monitoring, security and dynamic tracing/logging.
"Now with more than 25 customers using the ESB product, we are in the ESB 3.6 version of the product where we have a standards-based platform that allows business analysts to quickly orchestrate business processes and significantly reduce development and deployment costs," noted Chakravarthy.
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