As the group looks to target SOA at verticals, HP delivers new SOA tools.
The OASIS open standards consortium is launching a project to optimize
service-oriented architecture software for the telecommunications industry.
The new effort will be known as the OASIS Telecommunications Services Member
Section or OASIS Telecom. Founding members of the OASIS Telecom group, which
will collaborate to optimize SOA for use in the telecommunications sector, include
BEA Systems, IBM, Primeton Technologies,
Alcatel-Lucent, Avaya, CA,
Microsoft, NEC, Nortel Networks, Oracle, Progress Software and VeriSign. OASIS
announced the formation of the new group April 28.
"We recognize there are gaps that prevent today's SOA standards from
delivering the complete integration and interoperability that
telecommunications providers need," said Abbie Barbir, a Nortel
representative in the effort who is also co-chair of the OASIS Telecom Steering
SOA is an approach to delivering IT services in a secure and manageable way
that uses loosely connected, reusable and standards-based technology that can
be quickly aligned to changing business needs.
OASIS is responsible for several specifications that involve Web services
and SOA. OASIS is home not only to the Service Component Architecture, Service
Data Objects and SOA Reference Model, but also to related standards such as the
Business Process Execution Language, Web Services-Security, Web Services-Federation,
Security Assertion Markup Language, Universal Business Language, and Universal
Description, Discovery and Integration.
Click here to read more about OASIS' service-oriented architecture specs.
OASIS officials said the goal of OASIS Telecom is to hone the Web services
stack specifically for the telecom industry and to develop common data models
to enable the seamless exchange of information between networks and between the
network and application domains. The officials also said OASIS Telecom members
will align work already in place at OASIS and in the telecom community on identity
The TM Forum, an industry association focused on systems for managing and
monetizing online information, communications and entertainment services, has a
similar committee in place. The TM Forum is working on its own project, known
as the Service Delivery Framework, which will include management of
next-generation services. According to one member of the project, who asked not
to be identified, "the Service Delivery Framework is basically SOA for
Stephane Maes, Oracle's representative on the OASIS group and co-chair of
the OASIS Telecom Steering Committee, said, "By exposing the underlying
value of the network to IT applications-while at the same time allowing the
network to access IT services-OASIS Telecom can enable communications companies
to redefine their role from access providers to service providers."
Meanwhile, Hewlett-Packard announced April 29 new and enhanced quality and
management software designed to increase the success of mainstream SOA
To ensure that services are ready for production deployment, HP introduced
new versions of its SOA testing products, HP Service Test and HP Service Test
In addition, HP announced new SOA management capabilities in HP Business
Availability Center for SOA, HP Diagnostics for SOA and HP SOA Policy Enforcer
that together better monitor services in production, resolve operational issues
and deal with changes to services, according to the company.
"Customers who want to scale their SOA-based
deployments recognize they must make SOA a seamless part of their quality and
management infrastructure to support business requirements," said Tim
Hall, director of SOA products for HP's software unit.