Monday, October 6, 2008

With Systinet 3.0, HP broadens SOA governance role to encompass services lifecycle, business processes, IT service management

Hewlett-Packard trotted out the new HP SOA Systinet 3.0 registry today, capping a year of announcements that create a services oriented architecture (SOA) lifecycle portfolio, and extends the governance function broadly -- a cradle to grave approach -- that spans from design time to run time and all the way up to project portfolio management (PPM).

The newest market leading Systinet UDDI registry forms the cockpit for managing not only services, but with the newly added Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) support, takes the helm for business processes, too. HP plans to further push the envelope on a master management value even further into IT operations and IT Service Management, as well as a PPM role with the registry.

HP SOA Systinet 3.0 is designed with broadening the use of SOA governance, and IT governance, in mind. HP Software sees SOA moving toward more enterprise-wide deployment. To get there, the role of the registry itself needs to expand. [Disclosure: HP is a sponsor of BriefingsDirect podcasts.]

Brad Shimmin at Current Analysis has a comprehensive write-up on the earlier announcements and HP's direction for the product.

The new SOA infrastructure component captures more than UDDI information, it encompasses best practices, CMDB information, and sets the stage for a wider "culture of governance" to emerge in enterprises, said Kelly Emo, SOA product marketing manager at HP Software.

If you've been following HP's acquisitions and development efforts of the past five years, you'll see a distinct pattern of putting the pieces together for a total or master management capability. The goal is not simply putting all the management data in a common repository, but of elevating the visibility into management across more aspects of IT and business processes.

That visibility and the access to the right systems in the right business context then provides the means to further automate IT and SOA activities, to capture best practices and instantiate them back into how IP performs with repeatability and scale.

This latest product release caps a series of significant acquisitions by HP, from Systinet to Opsware. The cradle to grave story of comprehensive IT management and automation is not yet complete, but the strategy is clear. And the pivotal role of the registry is also clear.

The movement is to expand SOA governance, but perhaps more importantly, expand governance in general across more of what IT touches. Rules, roles, business context, policy, development-to-deployment lifecycles, operational efficiency, projects and services -- all need to be brought into a contextual whole. Not by a common product set, but via standards, technology provider inclusion, and with a methodological and cultural commonality emphasis. There really isn't another place to try and find this common framework for stitching together the disparate aspects of IT management -- the SOA registry is as good as we have nowadays.

Of course, the trends in the market make a move toward comprehensive IT service management via automation -- not reactive and disjointed manual stop-gaps -- imperative. As enterprises take up virtualization, cloud computing, SOA, master data management, and such IT shared services approaches typified by ITIL 3.0, then the scale, complexity and range of inter-dependent IT assets needs a better master.

HP is placing a large bet on the HP SOA Systinet 3.0 registry will fill the roles of eyes, ears, and execution coordinator for more of what makes IIT tick.

More information on the release.

WSO2 eases enterprise data availability for SOA access, consumption

A new data services offering from WSO2 allows a database administrator (DBA) or anyone with a knowledge of SQL to access enterprise data and expose it to services and operations through a Web services application-programming interface (API).

WSO2 Data Services, the latest open-source product from the Mountain View, Calif. company, helps DBAs and programmers contribute to a company’s service-oriented architecture (SOA) by creating WS-* style Web services and REST-style Web resources based on enterprise data. [Disclosure: WSO2 is a sponsor of BriefingsDirect podcasts.]

Users can enter queries and map them into services and operations. Once the query or stored procedure has been exposed as a service, it can be accessed across the network as a service or Web resource.

In its initial release, the application supports access to data stored in relational databases such as Oracle, MySQL and IBM DB2, as well as the comma-separated values (CSV) file format, and Excel spreadsheets. It allows users to authenticate, encrypt and sign services using the WS-Security and HTTP security standards. In addition, support for the WS-ReliableMessaging standard provides enterprise-level reliability.

Current Analysis's Brad Shimmin has some good points on the release (log in required).

Features of WSO2 Data Services 1.0 include:
  • Data aggregation, which allows administrators to create services that aggregate data from multiple data sources.
  • Wizards for easy configuration.
  • XML configuration file format.
  • A "try-it" tool that lets users test the data services they have created within the Data Services console.
  • Dual REST and WS-* support. REST resources access data using a unique URL for each record; WS-* services use typical Web service access to expose data.
  • Built-in caching to eliminate the system overhead of repeatedly returning the same XML response to clients.
The new data services product will be available for download beginning today from the WSO2 Web site. As an open-source product there are no licensing or subscription fees, although service and support options are available.