Red Hat Upgrades Open-Source SOA Offerings

Red Hat announces new versions of its open-source service-oriented architecture solutions. The upgrades to Red Hat's JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform and Operations Network include new enterprise service bus and rules features.

Red Hat has updated its service-oriented architecture solution set with new releases of its open-source SOA tools.

On Oct. 8, Red Hat announced the release of JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform 4.3 and JBoss Operations Network 2.1.

The newest versions of the two tools will feature cooperative support and will allow for the remote monitoring and management of open-source SOA deployments.

JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform 4.3 offers new ESB (enterprise service bus) and Rules features, while JBoss Operations Network 2.1 offers enhanced management for the SOA Platform to help reduce costs for SOA deployments, the company said.

"Our SOA strategy aims to drive down the cost and complexity of implementing service-oriented architectures with a comprehensive portfolio of enterprise-class, open-source middleware," said Pierre Fricke, director of SOA product line management at Red Hat, in a statement.

"JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform 4.3 and JBoss Operations Network 2.1 together are another example of our commitment to accelerating the adoption of hardened, secure and stable open-source middleware solutions that deliver on this strategy," he said. "Our customers helped drive the direction of the enhancements delivered today in the newest versions of the SOA Platform and JBoss Operations Network."

Red Hat officials said new ESB features include gateway listeners, a declarative security model, improved Web services integration and additional scripting languages to accelerate enterprise adoption of open-source SOA by enabling simpler Web services integration and deployment. New Rules features include Stateful Rules services, decision tables and Rule agent support, the company said.

JBoss Operations Network provides centralized management for the entire JBoss Enterprise Middleware portfolio.

"As SOA deployments expand, so does the need for more robust, automated monitoring and management techniques," said Sandra Rogers, program director for SOA, Web services and integration research at IDC, in a statement. "Tracking and ensuring service performance and policy enforcement at multiple levels, and across varied SOA infrastructure elements, is crucial for supporting more dynamic and complex configurations."

JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform 4.3 and JBoss Operations Network 2.1 are expected to be available by the end of October.