Firms unite to facilitate web services

Two US enterprise software suppliers are co-operating to integrate their technologies through web services.

Two US enterprise software suppliers are co-operating to integrate their technologies through web services.

Cape Clear Software and Neon Systems are working together to allow users to quickly integrate mainframe applications and data. 

Under the terms of the agreement, the companies will more tightly bind Cape Clear's Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) with Neon Systems' Shadow z/Services product. This will allow mainframe-based applications to be offered as services over a network more reliably and cost effectively, the companies said. 

"Any enterprise integration project has to ensure that valuable mainframe resources can participate as a first class citizen in the enterprise. Systems enables users to more quickly integrate the mainframe and so be able to deliver a range of different services that can fit within an ESB infrastructure," said Annrai O'Toole, Cape Clear's chief executive. 

Version 5.0 of Cape Clear's ESB is at the heart of the collaboration. Built on a systems oriented architecture, Version 5.0 allows corporate IT shops to create new web services from their existing infrastructure and also allows them to deliver those services to both their internal users and external business partners. 

Corporate developers can use the product's core capabilities to piece together more intelligent integrations using routing and business rules. 

Neon's Shadow product line, designed to support event-driven architectures, is a Soap-based mainframe integration series of products that better enable IT shops to turn mainframe applications into web services. Users can create web services from IBM's CICS and IMS host-based infrastructure software, as well as with Advantage CA-IDMS applications. 

Ed Scannell writes for Infoworld

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