HP updates SOA quality and management portfolio
June 1, 2008 —
Citing a rise in customer demand, Hewlett-Packard has updated its SOA management and testing products in hopes of mainstream adoption.
The company has rolled out new versions of HP Business Availability Center for SOA, Diagnostics for SOA, SOA Policy Enforcer, and Service Test and Service Test Management.
“This changes the game for customers in understanding that SOA is no longer an island,” said Tim Hall, director of HP Software's SOA Center. “We have established best practices in the SOA quality and management areas, and now our products are evolving in those areas.”
To that end, HP has added capabilities to its SOA management and quality products. On the management side, the next edition of Business Availability Center (BAC) for SOA—the company’s platform for managing shared services—will arrive this month.
Some of BAC’s new features are a Web service topology view of services, synthetic transaction monitoring, and the ability to track the performance of a service from the view of a particular customer, said Kelly Emo, HP's SOA product marketing manager.
HP Diagnostics for SOA is a supporting product for BAC that gathers performance metrics, events and faults from services, and the stacks on which they sit. It now has its own user interface that correlates events, said Emo.
SOA Policy Enforcer is a repackaging of HP SOA Manager that has been refocused on the definition, deployment and enforcement of policy. It is now exclusively for governance and no longer provides service monitoring. Customers told HP that they preferred to use BAC for infrastructure monitoring, so HP put those facilities into BAC, Emo explained.
SOA Policy Enforcer can be used in lieu of Systinet, HP’s flagship governance solution, and works with non-HP UDDI registries, Emo noted. Availability is expected this month.
QA teams can already get their hands dirty: HP’s testing solutions are shipping now. HP Service Test Management 9.3 enables test teams to produce custom reports on the quality of services, by specifying which requirements are covered and which are not. The update allows change-impact testing and maps service dependencies, said Emo.
Integration with HP SOA Systinet triggers alerts and workflow activities to service owners when services are cleared for consumption.
HP Service Test is the actual testing facility and is now available as a standalone product without Service Test Management. Version 9.12 of Service Test has broadened functional test capabilities and adheres to additional Web standards, including SAML 1.2 and WS-Addressing, Emo said.
Emo added that the company has expanded test coverage for SOA-specific use cases, such as SOAP over JMS, Web service addressing and XML validation. In addition, a business process-testing capability permits customers to define orchestrations across services and test against it.
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