Sun bolsters SOA software with data management

Sun Microsystems has updated its Java CAPS SOA and business integration software.

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Sun Microsystems has updated its Java CAPS SOA and business integration software, adding a data management option and using enterprise service bus capabilities based around Java Business Integration.

Release 6 of Sun Java CAPS (Java Composite Application Platform Suite) adds the new Sun MDM (Master Data Management) suite, which can be bundled with Java CAPS 6 or acquired separately. Event processing and business process management are featured as well.

MDM suite provides a single view of customer data across disparate systems, Sun said. With the suite, users can leverage information across their organizations, identify the most valuable customers, and find opportunities to cross-sell and up-sell products and reduce operational costs.

Single views can be provided whether the subject is a consumer, patient, citizen, or subscriber. A rules engine is featured for mapping of fields, said Mark Herring, Sun VP of software infrastructure marketing.

With MDM Suite, Sun would vie with rivals like IBM and wants to make master data management simple and easy to use instead of being complicated, said analyst Michael Cote of RedMonk.

"I actually haven't heard about Sun doing too much [with master data management], so that's an interesting new thing to hear from them," Cote said.

Java CAPS 6 enables users to leverage existing and new IT investments to build an agile infrastructure, Sun said. Components can be added and integrated in a modular fashion.

ESB capabilities in version 6 let users build composite applications and connect with components and protocols in an SOA. The ESB in Java CAPS 6 features software gained via Sun's SeeBeyond acquisition. But with this version, the ESB supports JBI and Sun's Open ESB effort. In Java CAPS 5, the SeeBeyond ESB was based on proprietary software.

"What makes it open is it's an open-source community," Herring said. The new ESB "appeals to a much broader audience, a lot more developers, and users can easily access the technology," he said. Also, the new ESB reduces vendor lock-in, he said.

Business process management functions in Java CAPS 6 include support for BPEL (Business Process Execution Language) 2, improved performance and dynamic management of service endpoints. The event processor in the product identifies trends and patterns in real time to address business events and take corrective action.

Java CAPS 6 incorporates Sun's Glassfish Enterprise Server application server, which interoperates with .Net environments via the WSIT/Project Metro (Web Services Interoperability), which constitutes Sun's Web services stack .

"You can have a Java component call out to .Net Web services," or vice versa, said Ashesh Badani, Sun director of SOA and Java CAPS.

The NetBeans IDE also is supported in Java CAPS 6.

Sun has pledged to open source all its software; components within Java CAPS 6 still can be acquired separately without paying a subscription fee.

Existing customers can get version 6 of Java CAPS on Monday, while the product will be available to new users on 24 June.