What to look for in Web services management
- By Colleen Frye
In the move toward Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), most IT organizations are concentrating now on architecture and infrastructure, but not too far down the road the need to manage all the Web services created will become critical. Steve Garone, managing partner at The AlignIT Group LLC, Newton, Mass., said there are six requirements to keep in mind when evaluating WSM products:
A product must
accomplish traditional systems management functions, either through its own features or through interoperability with systems management products.
2. It has to manage the environment at the level of
3. It must support all stages of the life cycle of the
4. It must offer security, identity management,
authentication, authorization, etc., either on its own or through integration
with existing systems.
5. It must provide support for the monitoring of key
business functions to help line-of-business managers understand the availability
and use of services.
6. It must support from a management perspective all
activities involved in assembling the end-product composite application.
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Colleen Frye is a freelance writer based in Bridgewater, Mass.