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BEA Brushes Tuxedo For SOAs

BEA Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS) has overhauled one of its key middleware technologies as the push toward service-oriented architectures (SOAs) gathers momentum (see BEA Ships Tuxedo 9.0).

A number of vendors are adjusting their product lines to support SOAs, which let users run services in the form of application software across different computing environments (see System Vendors Sight SOA, BEA Announces SOA Survey Results, and Oracle Simplifies SOA, Web Services Security).

Tuxedo, which BEA bought from Novell Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL)
in 1996, supports extremely high-end transaction processing. It's deployed in telecom billing systems, automated teller machines (ATMs), and wire services. BEA boasts that the technology can run more than 5,000 transactions per second and support over 10,000 concurrent users.

But what Tuxedo does not have is Java support, which is critical for developing Web-based services and SOAs. BEA has now tied Tuxedo much more closely with its Java-based WebLogic product via a piece of software called a Tuxedo Connector. The vendor has also integrated Tuxedo with its AquaLogic Service Bus, which helps users manage shared services across an SOA.

Given Tuxedo's market penetration, this is an important move for BEA, according to Shawn Willetts, principal analyst at Current Analysis. But it's not cooked yet. It will take a few years before you can do wide-scale transaction processing in a full SOA-type environment,” he warns. The necessary Web services standards aren’t there yet, he adds.

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