SOA Deals: IBM Combines Virtualization With SOA

Early this month, a number of companies announced partnerships or product enhancement efforts to boost their service-oriented architecture (SOA) offerings. Here are a few of those announcements to date.

IBM has combined its server virtualization capabilities with its SOA approach to form new offerings called System p Configurations for SOA Entry Points. The software offerings will consist of five configurations (Process, People, Information, Connectivity and Reuse) for use on IBM System p servers. The system operates using IBM WebSphere, Tivoli and Information Management software. Products in the System p Configurations for SOA Entry Points line are designed to make it easier for customers to deploy new systems in an SOA.

Vitria Technology rolled out an open, agnostic, enterprise-class integration suite for SOA and events-driven architecture called Business Accelerator, along with a Resolution Accelerator 3.0 solution. The Business Accelerator products aim to lower an enterprise's total cost of ownership by supporting existing software assets. They tie together the enterprise's services, events, applications, automated processes and human workflow. Business Accelerator works with J2EE applications servers and messaging platforms to support existing infrastructure or access open source communities. Vitria has formed partnerships with Red Hat/JBoss, Amberpoint, IBM and i-Way to increase customer options.

Red Hat and Exadel announced a strategic partnership to support Eclipse-based developer tools for building SOA and Web 2.0 applications. Exadel is providing all of its products as open-source tools for Red Hat's Enterprise Linux and JBoss Enterprise Middleware. The tools include Exadel Studio Pro, which allows developers to work within multiple frameworks in a Web development environment. Also included are Exadel's RichFaces and Ajax4jsf tools for building Internet and Web 2.0 applications.

BEA Systems and CA Inc. have formed a partnership to simplify identity and access management (IAM) in SOA infrastructures. The two companies are integrating products to reduce administrative costs and increase IT efficiency in an enterprise. BEA's AquaLogic and WebLogic product families are being integrated with CA's SiteMinder and Identity Manager products.

FAMIS Software, an ISV that provides integrated workplace management solutions, has beefed up its flagship FAMIS product by embedding Pervasive Software's Business Integrator tool. FAMIS selected Pervasive's solution to better address data integration across its vertical markets, especially in SOA environments.

SOA Software is offering a comprehensive SOA solution for IBM WebSphere. The solution includes SOA Software's Service Manager and Workbench products. Customers can use SOA Software's solution to control security, reliability and interoperability policies in IBM's WebSphere Application Server and WebSphere Business Integration Message Broker components.

Lawson Software has integrated the IBM WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus into its Lawson System Foundation solution. The integrated solution is a comprehensive SOA platform that helps global and mid-market organizations integrate business applications and automate processes.

DataDirect Technologies has added a Security Optimization and Management product to its Shadow RTE mainframe integration suite. It optimizes mainframe security authentication for Web service or SQL calls. The product lets enterprises expand the efficiency of a mainframe system in SOA environments.

Unify Corp. plans to expand its Composer product family to help business modernize legacy applications in enterprise-wide SOA environments. Composer creates SOA-based applications through an automated process that analyzes the functionality of installed applications and data.

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Kurt Mackie is online news editor, Enterprise Group, at 1105 Media Inc.