Oracle has launched the Oracle SOA Suite, a standards-based set of middleware products used to build, deploy and manage Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA).
The suite's hot-pluggable capabilities, says Oracle, will enable customers to take advantage of a variety of benefits that SOAs provide, while leveraging current middleware technologies.
Using the Suite, you can connect, extend and evolve existing IT systems to deliver new business services. Built on a hot-pluggable architecture, Oracle claims that the Suite allows you to SOA-enable your existing IT environment without requiring a costly rip and replace project.
The Oracle SOA Suite consists of a Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) engine for Web services orchestration that allows you to design, define and execute business processes; Oracle Enterprise Service Bus, a standards-based product that connects existing IT systems and business partners as a set of services; Oracle Web Services Manager for defining and enforcing Web services policies; Oracle Business Rules Engine, to define and manage business rules; Oracle Business Activity Monitoring, to deliver real-time insight into business operations; Oracle Enterprise Manager to deploy and manage service-oriented applications in an operational environment; Oracle JDeveloper 10g, an integrated development environment for creating and composing applications that also acts as a unified toolset for all components in the Oracle SOA Suite.
The Oracle SOA Suite is interoperable and supports Oracle and non-Oracle application servers and messaging buses, including IBM WebSphere, BEA WebLogic and JBoss Application Servers. It also provides a broad variety of connectors to access legacy systems such as CICS, VSAM, and IMS and packaged applications including SAP, PeopleSoft, Oracle e-Business Suite, and Siebel via Web services.