BEA Systems Inc. this week will announce the general availability of the next version of its C, C++ and Cobol transaction-processing infrastructure, which has enhancements in extensibility, security and quality of service.
Tuxedo 9.0 is entrenched in several core vertical markets, including telecommunications, financial services, retail, transportation and the public sector, said George Gould, Tuxedo product manager at BEA, in San Jose, Calif.
Regarding extensibility, Gould said Tuxedo now has to extend into new areas such as application-to-application integration. To that end, BEA is extending its WebLogic Tuxedo Connector to leverage Tuxedo with WebLogic for transaction-processing and Web services applications. Tuxedo 9.0 also features support for BEAs new AquaLogic line of products.
For security, Tuxedo 9.0 employs a security plug-in framework and supports PKI (public-key infrastructure), Kerberos and enhanced security between WebLogic Server and Tuxedo for single sign-on and access-control lists, Gould said.
QOS (quality of service) enhancements include new reliability, scalability and performance improvements, Gould said.
Tuxedo is built on an SOA (service-oriented architecture) that employs a messaging and transaction-processing engine to simplify enterprise computing, Gould said. The system is similar to a service-request broker in that it provides a service-oriented method for routing and managing requests, events and application queues, he said.
In fact, Tuxedo works much like IBMs CICS transaction-processing system, except that it is targeted at more distributed systems.
China UnionPay, which is a Shanghai-based, Chinese-government shareholding company, has built a national bank-card management system designed to help streamline authorization and payment processing on BEAs Tuxedo.
Qi Yue Ming, managing director of China UnionPays center for Electronic Payment Systems, said his organization chose Tuxedo for its high-performance messaging, distributed transaction processing and manageability capabilities, which helped them avoid migration costs. "We have been very pleased with the BEA Tuxedo architecture—and we look forward to evaluating Tuxedo 9.0," Ming said.