IBM Updates Its SOA-Enhanced Product Portfolio

The company bolsters its WebSphere, Rational, and Tivoli products to expand its current roster of 5,700 SOA customers worldwide.

IBM on Wednesday introduced upgrades of its various software products that ensure the integrity of business processes within service-oriented architectures.

Among the updated products is the WebSphere Process Server, which enables transactions to recover reliably when the target applications or servers are unavailable. Other enhanced products include the WebSphere Message Broker and MQ, which feature Web services support.

IBM also upgraded its Tivoli Composite Application Manager for SOA, which provides information on service flows across the SOA environment; WebSphere DataPower XML Security Gateway, which provides hardware-based security for XML and Web services; and the IBM Information Server, which enables information to be provided as reusable services.

IBM also introduced SOA configurations to reduce deployment time when reusing legacy and packaged applications in an SOA environment. The configurations provide best practices and step-by-step implementation guides.

To support data governance, IBM introduced Optim, a new offering from the acquisition of Princeton Softech, which IBM completed in September. Optim captures and manages data at the business-record level and helps protect confidential data in complex application environments.

IBM also updated its professional services and tools to support its SOA governance environment, including the WebSphere Service Registry and Repository, Rational Asset Manager, Rational Tester for SOA Quality, and Rational Performance Tester extension for SOA Quality. These offerings help customers manage services, assets, and processes.

IBM has added support for Web 2.0 capabilities in some of its SOA offerings, including the latest releases of WebSphere Commerce, WebSphere Message Broker, and WebSphere Portal. The new capabilities enable users to create Web 2.0 interfaces, remix content, and more easily access services, IBM said.

The company also introduced a new IBM WebSphere Application Server Feature Pack for Web 2.0 that connects external Web services, internal SOA services, and J2EE objects into Web application interfaces.

IBM has been focusing on SOA-related services for some time. This year alone the company is investing more than $1 billion in SOA initiatives. The aggressive strategy has paid off in the middleware space. IBM said it currently has more than 5,700 SOA customers worldwide at some stage of deploying SOA systems.

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