Sun sails with Project Kitty Hawk

Sun Microsystems is developing service-oriented architecture technology called "Project Kitty Hawk".

Sun Microsystems is developing SOA (service-oriented architecture) technology being called "Project Kitty Hawk".

The effort will involve enhancing the basic Sun Java Enterprise System server-based middleware platform to more seamlessly integrate Web services into SOAs, according to Jonathan Schwartz, president and chief operating officer of Sun.

SOAs generally involve loosely coupling applications and data through the use of web services, allowing for easily modifiable IT architectures.

Project Kitty Hawk will be delivered during an 18-month time period, beginning with a professional services component being unveiled Monday, said John Loiacono, Sun executive vice president for software. Called SOA Readiness Assessment, the professional services offering involves assessing where a customer stands with SOA technology and needs to go to accommodate it, according to Loiacono.

As part of Kitty Hawk, Java Enterprise System is intended to simplify administration, management, security and provisioning of services in an SOA. For example, a Java Enterprise System registry will provide centralised control of services, versioning, metadata management, services registration and lookup. Featured components in Java Enterprise System are identity services, Web and application services, portal, communication and collaboration, availability services, and security.

Paul Krill writes for Infoworld

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