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Rollout: AquaLogic Data Services Platform

The Upshot


Claim
BEA's AquaLogic Data Services Platform 2.5 promises to deliver live, integrated and reusable information as services. By pulling data from disparate sources and transforming it as directed, ALDSP provides a consistent interface for the other pieces of the SOA stack. In addition, BEA says using ALDSP results in faster time-to-value, reduced TCO and greater business agility, while easing SOA development and deployment.
Context
The latest version of ALDSP aligns it with other service-enablement offerings, including those from Composite Software and MetaMatrix Enterprise, and brings new capabilities. ALDSP is on the leading edge here, especially when integrated with other BEA SOA offerings.
Credibility
BEA offers excellent data integration, supporting open standards and providing a proprietary transport mechanism. ALDSP also integrates well with common enterprise deployment platforms. Finally, the development environment and management tools provide an easy-to-use front end for what are often complex tasks. All this lets BEA keep its promise and place ALDSP at the forefront of service integration platforms.

AquaLogic Data Services Platform

BEA Systems' most recent release of the AquaLogic Data Services Platform, version 2.5, is an evolutionary addition to the ALDSP product line. Building on a solid foundation, BEA has added a few key features, addressing perceived weaknesses in standalone service-enablement products.

For instance, BEA has realized that, at least for now, SOAP/HTTP-compliant Web service transports between the ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) and service enablement layers in a SOA (services-oriented architecture) can be slow--sometimes so slow that performance is degraded. To resolve this, BEA has added an "Enterprise Information Bus," an integration transport between ALDSP and the AquaLogic Service Bus. The transport uses RMI (Remote Method Invocation) to optimize performance, pass credentials and maintain transactional context. This level of integration lets BEA leverage its SOA stack and isn't found in other standalone EII products we've seen. However, ALDSP still supports the standard Web service transport for integration with other ESB packages.

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