WSO2 Amps Up Open-Source SOA Offering

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2009-07-23 Print this article Print

At the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON), WSO2, also known as the open-source SOA company, announced the availability of the WSO2 Governance Registry 3.0 and the WSO2 Identity Server 2.0, two new installments in its family of open-source service-oriented architecture tools.

WSO2, also known as the open-source SOA company, has announced the availability of the WSO2 Governance Registry 3.0 and the WSO2 Identity Server 2.0, two new installments in its family of open-source service-oriented architecture tools.

Both new product versions are based on WSO2 Carbon, the company's componentized SOA platform, which complies with the Open Services Gateway initiative (OSGi) specification. The July 23 announcement comes two weeks after WSO2 announced the availability of a stand-alone version of its Carbon Core SOA platform.

WSO2 announced its latest SOA offerings at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) in San Jose, Calif. WSO2 also is a sponsor of the OSCON event.

New features in WSO2 Governance Registry 3.0 include advanced service governance through discovery, impact analysis, versioning and automatic extraction of metadata, as well as lifecycle management, federation, eventing and notification. The new release also features a governance dashboard for run-time and design time monitoring.

The new WSO2 Identity Server 2.0 delivers an entitlement engine based on the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) Extensible Access Control Markup Language (XACML) 2.0 for fine-grained authorization. WSO2 Identity Server 2.0 also features multifactor authentication for OpenID based on the Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) standard. WSO2 officials said the company's identity server works with most enterprises' existing identity directories, such as those based on the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) and Microsoft Active Directory.

"As enterprise SOAs mature, it's become resoundingly clear that there is a no one-size-fits-all solution for governance," said Sanjiva Weerawarana, founder and CEO of WSO2, who also noted that WSO2's modular SOA solution offers flexibility for enterprises that want to deploy part or all of the WSO2 platform.

That capability was made easier with the release of the stand-alone version of WSO2 Carbon Core on July 8. The WSO2 Carbon Core features the Carbon framework and user interface framework, which provide the core functionality required to run, view and manage all Carbon-based components, WSO2 officials said. To obtain the WSO2 Carbon Core, developers previously needed to implement one of WSO2's Carbon-based SOA products: the WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), WSO2 Web Services Application Server (WSAS), WSO2 Registry, WSO2 Data Services or WSO2 Business Process Server (BPS). With the stand-alone WSO2 Carbon Core, developers have the option to bypass the products and directly deploy only those WSO2 Carbon SOA components they want.

"With our WSO2 Carbon Core, IT professionals can create highly customized and optimized SOA applications," Weerawarana said.

In addition to launching the stand-alone Carbon Core, WSO2 also on July 8 released new versions of its WSO2 WSAS and WSO2 ESB offerings. WSO2 WSAS 3.1 offers enhanced security and run-time performance. WSO2 ESB 2.1 offers complete Representational State Transfer (REST) support, along with enhancements to the sequence editor, service-level policy support and eventing. 

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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