New ESB from iWay Deploys on J2EE App Servers
September 4, 2007 Alex Woodie
iWay Software is shipping a new enterprise service bus (ESB) that can be deployed from any Java 2, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) application server. The updated ESB, called the iWay Service Manager, is part of the new suite of integration tools called iWay 2007 that the company announced last week.
ESBs are becoming increasingly popular in the corporate data center because of the crucial role they perform as a foundational tool for building service oriented architectures (SOAs) and for stringing together Web services and other application integration protocols. With its historical focus on enterprise application integration and building adapters and connectors, developing an ESB was a natural fit for iWay Software.
The launch of iWay 2007 includes a new release of iWay Service Manager that can run on any J2EE-based Web application server. Piggybacking alongside an existing J2EE app server should simplify deployment, as many enterprise-level customers that would consider Service Manager will already have a J2EE app server running, such as IBM WebSphere, BEA WebLogic, or Apache‘s open source Tomcat. Previously, the ESB ran as a standalone server residing inside of a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) on i5/OS, z/OS, major Unix OSs, and Windows operating systems.
iWay 2007–which curiously is not mentioned on any iWay Web pages except for the press release announcing its existence–also includes updates of several other iWay products, including the iWay SOA Management Suite and the iWay Integration Workbench.
The new release of the SOA Management Suite has the capability to monitor all of the services created with iWay tools, whether they are used to connect to applications, databases, operating systems, protocols, or other technologies. iWay offers more than 300 connectors and adapters–a collection so vast and complete that Microsoft OEMs them for its integration suite.
iWay also expects customers to find the application integration life easier with the new release of the Integration Workbench. With the new release, iWay has based its workbench on IBM’s Eclipse development framework, which the company says will dramatically improve the productivity of developers working on integration projects.