BEA adds Web services to Tuxedo

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BEA adds Web services to Tuxedo

BEA Systems has announced the latest version of the Tuxedo transaction processing software, which deploys Web services and has closer links to other BEA products.

Version 8.1 of Tuxedo is a Web services-enabled release of the software, which began as an AT&T product before being passed to Novell and finally to BEA in 1996.

With Version 8.1, services or functionality within Tuxedo can be extended as Web services, said George Gould, director of Tuxedo product marketing for BEA.

"In fact, Tuxedo was a services-oriented architecture well before the Web," he added.

To enable Web services deployment, BEA is building connectors between Tuxedo and the WebLogic Server application server and other BEA products, including the WebLogic Workshop development environment.

The connector technology is featured in Version 8.1 of Tuxedo, to ship next week, and will be featured in upcoming WebLogic product releases due out during the next six months.

When the products are upgraded with the connector technology, developers will be able to deploy existing Tuxedo applications as Web services using the Tuxedo control for Workshop.

Through tighter Tuxedo integration with BEA products, customers can access business-critical applications as standard Web services. In addition, this integration also allows for improved Tuxedo operations, administration, and maintenance, including new support for single sign-on and centralised authentication administration.

"The advantage of Tuxedo is you have a transaction processing environment that's connecting to a true, heterogeneous environment," Gould said.

BEA product releases to feature WebLogic Tuxedo Connector include the 8.1 versions of WebLogic Server, WebLogic Integration and WebLogic Portal, and WebLogic Workshop.

Through integration with BEA products, a user of the WebLogic Portal product could import inventory-level data recorded in a Tuxedo application, said Gould.

Mike Gilpin, research fellow at Giga Information Group, believed BEA was on the right track with Web services enablement of Tuxedo, but doubted whether Tuxedo represented the future.

"It's really an older paradigm of application development," he said.  "There might be a few exceptions here and there, but in general just about everybody who needs to use Tuxedo already has it."

Since 1996 BEA has boosted its Tuxedo user base from 200 to 2,000 customers, using it for mission-critical applications. Gilpin, however, said users are now looking at J2EE or .net for the type of applications that have been performed by Tuxedo. Still, legacy applications based on older transaction monitors such as Tuxedo will be in use for years to come, said Gilpin.
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