Specs Advance Web Services Reliability
But do the two Microsoft/IBM-led specifications compete with the WS_Reliability spec?Microsoft Corp., IBM, BEA Systems Inc. and Tibco Software Inc. Thursday announced two new Web services specifications that advance Web services reliability, but that also seemingly compete with existing Web services reliability efforts put forth by Sun Microsystems Inc., Oracle Corp. and others. The two new specifications are known as WS-ReliableMessaging and WS-Addressing, and they support the reliable, end-to-end delivery of Web services messaging, officials of the companies said. Meanwhile, IBM and Microsoft also announced a road map titled "Reliable Message Delivery in a Web Services World: A Proposed Architecture and Roadmap," which defines a basic architectureincluding protocols, data formats and scenariosfor Web services reliability. However, the newly announced specifications run close to the WS-Reliability specification that Sun, Oracle, Iona Technologies Inc., Sonic Software Corp., Fujitsu Limited, Hitachi Ltd., NEC Corp., CommerceOne Operations Inc., SeeBeyond Technology Corp., webMethods Inc. and SAP AG submitted as a proposed standard and built the Web Services Reliable Messaging (WS-RM) Technical Committee around in the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS).
Although elements of the two Web services reliability standards efforts are different, the naming and timing are enough to confuse developers and confuse the industry as Web services continue to gain in popularity and as the community needs to unite to overcome obstacles to widespread adoption, sources said.