Mercury goes after SOA lifecycle management market

Hewlett-Packard’s Mercury Interactive acquisition has released an integrated set of tools that it claims will enable customers to manage the whole SOA service lifecycle.

Hewlett-Packard’s Mercury Interactive acquisition has released an
integrated set of tools that it claims will enable customers to manage
the whole SOA service lifecycle.

Although the supplier was unwilling to be drawn on how important the
offerings were likely to become to its business or how much they might
contribute to its top line, James Stevenson, vice-president and managing
director for the UK, Middle East and Africa, indicated that the SOA market
was embryonic but growing.

“The very largest companies are looking at SOA and running relatively small
pilots, although some are looking at it more strategically. But the market
is at quite an early stage and the danger is that people rush into it and
don’t understand the potential pitfalls or the management mess that can be
created if they’re not conscious of it,” he said.

As a result, Mercury is positioning its offerings as a means of managing
that lifecycle of services - or small component-based applications - from
creation and testing through to deploying and monitoring a live environment.

It has released version 2.0 of the Systinet registry and repository that it
bought in January this year as the foundation of its efforts. This handles
service publishing and discovery, policy, contract and interoperability
management and also includes customisable dashboards.

These enable users to configure views of their SOA environment, check service 
policies and compliance status and track service approvals and requests.
The software can also generate reports on service lifecycles, reusability,
consumption, quality and relationship dependencies.

But two new products are Mercury Service Test, which starts at £5,000 per
seat, and Service Test Management, which starts at £1,900 per licence,
although a minimum of five needs to be bought. The tools are integrated with
the registry and can be used to automatically test and manage the testing
process of software services. The registry can also automatically generate
test requirements and plans.

Finally, Mercury has enhanced its Mercury Business Availability Center to
enable customers to manage and monitor web services, application availability
and web services performance when in a production environment. The Mercury
Application Mapping element of the product has been integrated into the
repository to check that all services running in a live environment are
certified to be there and are not rogue.

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