New HP offerings boost SOA governance

Product line is updated and enhanced

HP has announced new SOA governance software and services aimed at helping companies accelerate SOA adoption while reducing risks.

It is also expanding its GIF (Governance Interoperability Framework), which features specifications for governance interoperability and deepens the company's support for heterogeneous environments.

The two announcements include a new release of HP SOA Systinet software for design and runtime governance of SOA services.

"The key thing here is we've enhanced these two products so you have integrated design time and runtime governance," says Ian Bruce, HP's SOA marketing manager. Design time governance covers issues around developing and deploying services as well as discovery, while runtime governance entails dynamic invocation and discovery and factors such as policy management and enforcement.

HP SOA Systinet enables developers to check services against policies through an Eclipse-based policy validation plug-in to ensure that services conform to requirements before being published. The software also supports significantly enhanced graphical navigation, advanced reporting, searching and expanded lifecycle support.

HP's new HP SOA Registry Foundation software, meanwhile, is designed for independent software vendors as a standards-based way to publish and discover SOA services and artifacts. It can be embedded in packages applications.

Through the new HP Validation and Implementation Service for SOA Governance, HP consultants can help customers validate SOA services by implementing a governance model using HP Systinet software, the company says. The service is intended to help predict and optimise performance of SOA applications and infrastructure. An HP Validation Service for SOA Quality, meanwhile, establishes processes for managing the business risk of SOA-enabled services, HP says.

Additionally, HP is introducing services to install and configure HP SOA Systinet and HP SOA Manager to help customers get a quicker return on investment. Also being offered are new SOA education and SOA training courses.

The company is also announcing an expansion of its HP Governance GIF, designed to simplify the exchange of information between HP SOA Systinet software, acting as a system of record, and third-party technologies. Ten additional partners are joining, including Active Endpoints, Alcatel-Lucent and Cisco.

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