BEA bullish about Taurus platform

Transaction processing suite gets a performance hike with inclusion of Web features

BEA Systems, with the planned Taurus version of its Tuxedo transaction processing platform, has set its sights on enhanced Web services support, improved integration with the WebLogic Server and better security.

Performance will also be improved, along with scalability, said Rich Lee, director of engineering at BEA, which is responsible for Tuxedo products.

The kernel release of Taurus is slated for release in the summer of 2005.

To improve Web services support BEA is looking at providing XML Schema samples. Security improvements include a default PKI plug-in and Kerberos authentication.

"Out of the box, we're going to ship a default PKI plug-in," Lee said. The plug-in will support Cert-C for handling digital signatures.

Integration between WebLogic and Tuxedo will be improved through adding MBSTRING support in WebLogic Tuxedo Connector.

Taurus will provide finer control over service-level timeouts, offering them at a per-call or per-context level.

Core platforms for Taurus upon release include Solaris on Sparc, Hewlett-Packard HP-UX, Windows, and IBM AIX. BEA is planning support for 64-bit versions of Solaris, HP-UX, and Windows. Support may also be extended to Red Hat Linux.

Paul Krill writes for InfoWorld 

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