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SOA Software introduces industry's first registry-based Web services dashboard.

SOA Software a provider of comprehensive SOA and Web services management, security and governance solutions, has announced the addition of the industry's first registry-based dashboard to its award-winning Service Manager. With SOA Software registry-based dashboard's real-time alerts and visual indicators such as live charts and color-coded graphs, enterprise customers can monitor service-level agreements, security incidents and vital performance metrics, dramatically improving the ability to discover, manage and troubleshoot Web services.

The SOA Software Service Manager enables customers to reap the benefits of Web services by securing, monitoring and managing XML and Web services and providing consistent centralized management of service-oriented architectures (SOAs). The new registry-based dashboard builds on Service Manager's capabilities, delivering powerful real-time insight into the performance, health and availability of Web services through an easy to see and use graphical interface. The dashboard brings to life the pertinent information driven from service metadata managed by Service Manager's built-in UDDI version three registry. SOA Software is taking advantage of a unified registry-based approach to SOA infrastructure and is introducing a unique set of policy and search capabilities essential for enterprise scale SOA deployments.

"A Web services registry is an essential ingredient in any company's initiative to adopt SOA," said Anne Thomas Manes, vice president and research director at the Burton Group. "Web services registries bring order to an extremely distributed, diverse, heterogeneous environment, and it supplies a single point of control for managing services and service metadata."

Prior to this announcement, companies seeking to solve the complex problems associated with scaling an SOA infrastructure had to rely on the risky proposition of a loose assembly of the three key pillars of a Web services management solution: security, management, and registry. SOA Software's registry-based dashboard, unlike other UDDI registry interfaces that rely on cumbersome processes to maintain integration between disparate products from multiple vendors, provides quick service performance evaluation, improved security oversight, simplified development and management operation. With this announcement SOA Software brings the first complete enterprise product to market for customers of IBM, BEA, Microsoft and Oracle who want to leverage existing IT investments to build a reliable SOA.

The SOA Software Registry is a fully compliant v3.0 UDDI server offering several advanced capabilities, including federated search and security and service-level policy metadata management capabilities. Service Manager's use of its own UDDI registry for service metadata management uniquely centralizes service policy information in a standards-based database. Importantly, SOA Software's enhanced UDDI support allows customers to optionally leverage any number of additional third party registries (such as IBM WebSphere 6.0) at the same time, in a federated manner, providing maximum flexibility for heterogeneous environments.

The SOA Software registry-based dashboard offers powerful and unique new features for:

Management--Service discovery and automated registration and management, default policy assignment, live real-time charts (via a Web-based UI), customizable, per-user dashboards, dynamic registry search-driven dashboard content, one-click drilldown for diagnosis and analysis.

Registry--Innovative search model combines standard UDDI criteria with performance and fault data criteria, composite results presentation shows live and historic performance data for services, intuitive search creation and saving mechanism, advanced and basic interface modes.

Reliability--Comprehensive SLA data display on charts, service performance history tracking, visual display of service status and fault tracking.

Security--Real-time visibility into security violations, early detection of potential denial-of-service attacks, maintenance and display of complete security audit log data.

"As businesses move from SOA strategy to implementation, enterprises will increasingly need visual indicators to monitor and manage the health, security and viability of their Web services and SOA," said Eric Pulier, founder and chairman of SOA Software. "By adding the industry's most advanced registry-based dashboard capabilities to our Service Manager, we're allowing our customers to leverage their investment in Web services and help them fully realize the enormous value of their SOA."

The registry-based dashboard capabilities will be delivered with SOA Software Service Manager in May 2005. Service Manager pricing starts at $5,000 per CPU. SOA Software Registry pricing starts at $25,000.
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Publication:EDP Weekly's IT Monitor
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Date:Apr 4, 2005
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