Adabas Database and Web 2.0: Together at Last

Software AG makes it easier to squeeze data out of its Adabas high-performance database and into an SOA (service-oriented architecture) by unveiling an SOA gateway.

Software AG made it easier to squeeze data out of its Adabas high-performance database and into a service-oriented architecture by unveiling an SOA gateway Feb. 7.

The Adabas SOA Gateway lets developers work in their familiar environment—be it Java/Eclipse, .Net or AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML)—without having to know Adabas or the mainframe.

Joe Gentry, vice president of enterprise transaction systems, said the release of the SOA gateway is the first in a push of product releases in Software AGs Adabas 2006 launch.

The gateway being the first Adabas 2006 release reflects its priority to the company, which wants to boost interoperability of the database by allowing it to be leveraged through open standards such as Web services, he said.

"Its part of the whole Web 2.0 future," he said. "Companies are looking to connect newer Web technologies to traditional back-end databases."

The Adabas SOA Gateway is now in beta release with some 12 customers, Gentry said, none of which are yet in production.

He declined to name the customers, but Software AG has a lot of customers in the financial industry, be it banking or insurance. It also has a lot of presence in government and in transportation, with Delta Airlines being one large Adabas customer.

Such companies have built and managed huge amounts of information, whether its banking data or information about telephone calls or revenue collection for state agencies.

All that information is stored in Adabas files, for which developers have had to write Cobol programs or have had to use Software AGs Natural development language to get to the data.

As developers have taken to writing newer applications in Java or .Net, they want to provide connectivity to the database for the applications theyre writing, Gentry said.

Thus, the Adabas SOA Gateway serves to hook organizations that are creating new systems to connect to data stores that have grown over the last 20 or 25 years within their Adabas databases.

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