Sonic to bolster ESB

Sonic Software Corp. next month plans to deliver a new version of its Enterprise Software Bus (ESB) that is intended to significantly increase the availability and reliability of a range of different services interoperating over services-oriented networks.

Version 5.5 of the product contains a fully implemented version of the company's Continuous Availability Architecture (CAA) that allows heterogeneous networks of cooperating services to recover from hardware or network failures in seconds. Company officials contend that competing operating system or hardware-based clustering and fault-tolerance technologies can take minutes to carry out the same function.

"This is the last stone to lay in place in terms of the integration infrastructure for the product's fault-tolerant capabilities. By leveraging its existing capabilities, like dynamic routing, this version makes it easy to distribute and manage widely distributed integration networks without hardware or network interruptions," said Tim Dempsey, Sonic's vice president of marketing. "This release rounds out a set of capabilities that lays the foundation for broad deployment of integration infrastructure. We think ESBs are the only way to do that."

Because the CAA is a lightweight architecture, Dempsey contends, it gives corporate IT shops a more straightforward approach to smoothly integrating end points in a far-flung distributed network. Many such locations often do not have sophisticated IT infrastructure in place to properly support a network carrying industrial strength services, he said.

"This version makes it possible to think about implementing a much broader integration network where users or their business partners do not have robust IT infrastructure in place," Dempsey said.

The new features in Version 5.5 will serve to further enhance the capabilities in the existing version of the product that encourages interoperability among large, heterogeneous networks. Some of those features include transport technologies such as support for JMS and HTTP, the product's Interaction Model that accommodates itinerary-based intelligent routing, and the XML-based support for multiple data formats, a company spokesman said.

Sonic will make a strong push with the product into various retail and brokerage industries where such companies traditionally have hundreds and even thousands of remote locations, company officials said.

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