Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Sun unveils new SOA platform, ESB

Everyone's just kind of putting the ESB label on everything these days, so what's new about Sun...

Sun Microsystems Inc. officially entered the enterprise service bus (ESB) space today, rolling out its first upgrade of the former SeeBeyond Inc. messaging middleware, which it acquired sometime ago and tying it together with Sun's portal, application server, Web server and development studio offerings as part of a single platform.

The platform, called the Composite Application Platform, will be available at the end of March, with $100 per employee per year subscription for those companies that wish to add services and support and free for you.

Business process management, workflow and data transformation are also part of the ESB suite.

Sun has already launched what it calls the Open ESB community. That group so far has concentrated on working with the Java Business Integration (JBI) specification, but Joe Keller, vice president of marketing for SOA and integration platforms at Sun
, noted that the Business Process Execution Language engine will be the first component of the Java ESB Suite to submit its code to Open ESB, probably around the time that the JavaOne conference in May. He added that the SeeBeyond product, now called the Sun Java ESB Suite, offers Java Messaging Service-based distributed agents that can operate with no communications hub required.

Per Shawn Willett, principal analyst at Sterling, Va.-based Current Analysis Inc. "It depends on what you define as an ESB, everyone's just kind of putting the ESB label on everything these days."

He noted that Sun's pricing has given the SeeBeyond product a chance to gain traction outside the "high-end" niche it used to target.

But at this time its too early to say that this ESB will have more impact on others already into business. But the part to note is Sun is behind this and it is free, that might propel few enterprises to atleast have a look at it.

So still not sure how it might impact the businesses.

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