Oracle Begins SOA Push at OpenWorld

New Fusion component is a main theme at Openworld.

Oracle launched its Oracle OpenWorld conference with a series of SOA-related announcements, including the availability of Oracle SOA Suite 10g Release 3.

With service-oriented architecture as one of the themes of the event, Oracle opened the conference on Oct. 23 in San Francisco with this new component of Oracle Fusion Middleware. The new version of Oracle SOA Suite 10g includes enhancements that simplify SOA deployment and installation, including a one-click install, an enhanced ESB (Enterprise Service Bus), expanded human workflow capabilities, enhanced Web services security and interoperability facilities, and new SOA governance support.

The products enhanced ESB can reduce the amount of programming required to connect heterogeneous services and applications in an SOA, company officials said. Meanwhile, the suites orchestration component, Oracle BPEL (Business Process Execution Language) Process Manager, delivers expanded human workflow capabilities that provide a simplified workflow designer and new algorithms for managing complex task routing and escalation. This component also includes a new testing framework that automates process testing and service simulation for SOA applications.

In addition, Oracle SOA Suite 10g Release 3 includes facilities to identify, categorize, version and publish services to an Enterprise Service Registry; facilities to securely view services within the enterprise and to govern the provisioning of new services; facilities to centralize the management of security policies and SLAs (service-level agreements); out-of-the-box functionality to implement governance requirements for business process auditing; and metadata repository services to capture and track service interactions and store SOA artifacts and metadata for Web services, company officials said.

Moreover, the new version features improved reuse of services and components, as well as an SOA design and implementation methodology, officials said.

However, Bill Roth, vice president of BEA Systems Workshop Business Unit, said of Oracles SOA news: "We have been talking about SOA since 2003, and IBM has recently painted a good part of its software with a lovely coat of SOA paint. [From Oracle] expect another me too announcement on how everything they do is SOA and comes from the database."

Oracle also announced expanded support of open standards for building, deploying, managing and securing service-oriented applications with Oracle Fusion Middleware.

To simplify the development of data-intensive applications, Oracle supports JavaServer Faces, Apache Struts, Java Persistence Architecture, EJB (Enterprise JavaBeans) 3.0, SDO (Service Data Objects), REST (Representational State Transfer) and Spring Framework 2.0, officials said.

Oracle also supports component-oriented SOA infrastructure and applications through Java API for XML-RPC (remote procedure call), Java API for XML Web Services, Services Component Architecture, XML Query, XPath, XSLT (Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations), Java Business Integration, BPEL 2.0, BPMN (Business Process Modeling Notation), Business Process Definition Metamodel, WS-Policy, WS-Distributed Management, WS-Reliable Messaging, WS-Addressing and WS-Eventing, officials said.

In addition, Oracle supports AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML), RSS, Adobe Systems Flash and others.

Its SOA nice

Oracles SOA suite enables:

* Identification, categorization and version-and-publish services to an enterprise service registry and service change notifications to developers and applications

* Secure viewing of services within the enterprise and the governance of the provisioning of new services

* Centralized management of security policies and SLAs, including authentication, authorization and encryption policies

* Centralized management of SLAs for performance, guaranteed response time, and high availability and failover on services

* Out-of-the-box functionality to implement common governance requirements for business process auditing and canonical data models

* Metadata repository services to capture and track service interactions and store SOA artifacts and metadata for Web services

Source: Oracle