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BEA Systems AquaLogic Service Bus 2.1

Despite limited built-in support for integration with external data sources, excellent Web services support and solid performance at a fair price makes BEA's service bus a strong option for enterprises.

In November we began our quest to find the ultimate ESB (enterprise service bus) suite by issuing an invitation to a dozen vendors. Eight took us up on our challenge and sent software to our Green Bay, Wis., business applications lab, home of our fictional widget maker, NWC Inc.
Follow Lori MacVittie's testing at our Rolling Reviews site and join us over the next few weeks as we roll out our evaluations of ESB products from BEA, Cape Clear, Fiorano, IBM, Oracle, Sonic Software, Software AG and TIBCO.
We'll post several reviews per week until March 16, when we'll reveal our Editor's Choice winner and post our market analysis and Interactive Report Card so you can build your own ESB shortlist.

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Another nit with AquaLogic is its lack of support for integration with external data sources, such as our Oracle9i database. AquaLogic requires that such integration be service-enabled using some other mechanism, such as Web Logic Integration, and doesn't let you create a simple JDBC integration as part of the service orchestration. Cape Clear and IBM also omit this simple integration as part of their offerings, but provided the means to code a solution and include it as a service within their orchestrations. We'd like to see simple database access offered at the service bus level in all products in the future.

Configuration of foreign JMS queues is accomplished with the WLS 9.1 administration console--this was the only time we had to configure anything in WLS 9. Obviously, if database connectivity were coded at the service-enablement layer and deployed as part of the server, the JDBC configuration also would need to be configured within WLS 9 and not AquaLogic. We view this as a simple task, easily accomplished by any experienced enterprise service platform administrator.


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