BEA Gets on Service Bus
BEA is looking to challenge IBM and Microsoft in the enterprise service bus space by creating a product for Web services that handles short-span messages.WASHINGTONDespite predictions that IBM and Microsoft Corp. will dominate the emerging ESB space, BEA Systems Inc. is quietly working on delivering enterprise service bus capabilities for Web services in a product slated for release early next year. During an interview at the BEA Federal Technology Symposium here last week, Alfred Chuang, chairman and CEO of BEA, in San Jose, Calif., said the company has something in store for its competitors in this arena. The move will offer enterprises looking to build SOAs (service-oriented architectures) using Web services another choice in an expanding field of providers. Read why IBMs Bob Sutor thinks SOA is so necessary.
"We have a project going inside the company," Chuang said. "We do have a bus today. But there are several challenges. One is in a one-to-many broadcasting model; most of the transactional buses are not designed for that. Right now, we have much more of a many-to-many model. So we are in the process of building a bus specifically to handle short-span messages."