OASIS members have approved new versions of nine Web services specifications as OASIS standards, the organization says. The nine standards fall into the WS-RX (WS Reliable Exchange), WS-TX (WS Transactions) and WS-SX (WS Secure Exchange) specification families.
5 that its members have approved new versions of nine Web services
specifications as OASIS standards.
The nine standards fall into the WS-RX (WS Reliable Exchange), WS-TX (WS
Transactions) and WS-SX (WS Secure Exchange) families of specifications-three
standards in each category. The WS-RX, WS-TX and WS-SX standards support
reliable message exchange, coordinate the outcome of distributed application
actions and enable trusted relationships.
OASIS officials said these standards now include updated references to the
latest versions of all cited specifications, enhancing their composability and
stand-alone use. Their approval marks a milestone in the maturity of Web
services technology, OASIS said. According to the standards organization:
Three WS-RX standards-WS
ReliableMessaging 1.2, WS ReliableMessaging Policy 1.2, and WS MakeConnection
1.1-enable messages to be transferred reliably despite failures in software
components, systems, or networks. They enable a broad range of features,
including ordered delivery, duplicate elimination, and guaranteed receipt.
Three WS-TX standards-WS-Coordination
1.2, WS-AtomicTransaction 1.2, and WS-BusinessActivity 1.2-describe an
extensible framework for coordinating transactions across a mixed vendor
Three WS-SX standards-WS-Trust 1.4,
WS-SecureConversation 1.4, and WS-SecurityPolicy 1.3-provide methods for
issuing security tokens, establishing trust relationships, and allowing key
material to be exchanged more efficiently.
"Working together, these standards provide a level of consistency
across multiple services that is critical as customers move core business
processes to SOA," said Judith Hurwitz, president of Hurwitz &
Associates. "WS-RX, WS-TX and WS-SX standards offer developers a
sophisticated switchboard of services to support the complex interactions
required by today's enterprise."
Laurent Liscia, executive director of OASIS, said, "The WS-RX, WS-TX
and WS-SX standards were designed to be implemented individually or in
combination with one another, so they can be tailored to meet specific SOA [service-oriented
architecture] requirements. These new versions of the specifications reference
each other where appropriate to enable easy composability amongst themselves
and other Web services standards."
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Among the organizations involved in approving the standards were IBM,
Microsoft, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Adobe, BMC,
CA, Intel, Nokia, Novell, Progress
Software, Red Hat, SAP, SOA Software,
Software, TIBCO, VeriSign and the U.S. Veterans Health Administration.
"The approval of the Web services standards produced by the WS-RX,
WS-TX and WS-SX Technical Committees represents a significant milestone with
contributions from a broad coalition of companies," said Karla Norsworthy,
IBM vice president of Software Standards.
"Our customers continue to look to the Web services architecture to
provide robust, enterprise-ready technology for their SOA deployments.
Transactions, reliable messaging and security are critical capabilities ... The
versions of the specifications being approved today add important support for
the Web Services Policy specification from the W3C [World Wide Web Consortium],
which enables applications to exchange information for requirements such as
security provisions, transaction behaviors and reliable delivery of messages
And Paul Cotton, partner group manager in Microsoft's
Connected Systems Division, said, "The standardization of these versions
of the WS-SX, WS-RX and WS-TX specifications is a major step that finalizes the
core Web services standards. By aligning references across these OASIS
Standards and the W3C WS-Addressing and WS-Policy Recommendations, these
standards encourage even more interoperable vendor implementations for Web
services messaging, security, policy, reliability and transactions."