BEA eWorld: Web services takes the stage

At its BEA eWorld user conference, BEA Systems has aligned with several partners who are showing off their new Web services.

At its BEA eWorld user conference, BEA Systems has aligned with several partners who are showing off their new Web services.

Collaxa has announced a Web service Orchestration Server, designed to coordinate the various asynchronous processes required to assemble two or more Web services together. Collaxa, has been developing its product for the BEA WebLogic application server.

Once Web services are up and running, Precise Software Solution, wants to make it easier to monitor performance of Web service applications.

"We instrument your application at the byte code level," said Thomas Mulvehill, senior product marketing manager for Precise. "We have engineered this for BEA's WebLogic Server. Our new SmarTune feature allows you to drill down into your Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) application and see where the performance problems are."

On the directory front, OctetString has developed a Java-based LDAP directory product called VDE Directory Suite.

"We have heard for years about products that will give you single sign-on and unified directory management," said Nathan Owen, vice-president of business development at OctetString. "Our intent is to make it easy to integrate with loosely federated data in multiple directories on the fly. This will facilitate directory management for Web services."

NeoCore wants to be the XML database in the brave new world of Web services.

"We started the company in 1997," said Tom Knops, vice-president of strategic alliances for NeoCore. "We were originally a digital pattern processing company, but in 2000 we saw the importance of XML and how our technology would be ideal for an XML data management system."

In January NeoCore released a version of NeoCore XMS, its database, specifically designed to run on the BEA WebLogic Server.

Customers, meanwhile, are showing some interest in Web services as well.

"We expect to start using Web services first internally," said Jamie Jones, vice president of global Web services for Credit Suisse First Boston. "Probably to integrate applications across the J2EE [and] .net divide."

Jones said he was particularly interested in BEA's new development product, WebLogic Workshop.

"I also think the Java Messaging Service (JMS) is significant," Jones said. "The JMS clustering they talk about could give you a more secure environment in which to deploy Web services."

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