BEA Improves Legacy Apps Over SOA

BEA Systems launched several new legacy modernization offerings this month, with an eye toward making is quicker and simpler to bring transaction-based apps into an SOA. IDN talks with a BEA exec about the latest Tuxedo products.

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BEA Systems launched several new legacy modernization offerings this month, with an eye toward making is quicker and simpler to bring transaction-based apps into an SOA.

BEA's move to boost support for transaction-driven apps over a service-oriented framework takes the form of three new products: Tuxedo 10, Services Architecture Leveraging Tuxedo (SALT 2.0) and a new monitor for Tuxedo-based applications and systems, dubbed TSAM - for Tuxedo System and Application Monitor.

The Tuxedo product suite "ensure[s] enterprises can preserve and extend the life of mature, mission-critical applications written in C, C++ and COBOL without compromise while allowing these applications to be leveraged for SOA," BEA said in its official product rollout announcement during BEAWorld in Barcelona, Spain.

One BEA exec explained the benefits from the Tuxedo rollouts this way: "BEA recognizes the need to preserve mission-critical legacy applications and leverage those assets for SOA while lowering the overall total cost of ownership (TCO)," said BEA's executive vice president of products Wai Wong. "That is why BEA is the first company to provide a mainframe replacement technology that is designed to extend applications to SOA, lower maintenance costs and provide better performance on transactional-oriented applications."

Integration Developer News spoke more in-depth about these Tuxedo upgrades, and how they address BEA's customer needs, with BEA's Lorenza Cremona, director of product marketing for Tuxedo.

BEA: Tuxedo Upgrades Meet Architect, Dev Needs
for SOA-Based Transactionality Monitoring and SLAs

Cremona said BEA's new legacy modernization products for SOA are all aimed at making it easier for architects and devs to put their current transaction-based legacy apps into an SOA setting.

"Our customers want to leverage legacy applications without having to rewrite them simply to get SOA enablement," at BEA's Cremona told IDN. The product launch is not about enabling SOA legacy or SOA integration, but simplify that process of moving those apps to SOA, and providing architects an extensible framework, he added. "We have many customers that want to preserve the business logic of these applications, but want to also leverage a services layer for new composite application development...with Tuxedo and SALT they get both," Cremona said.

"Customers that have deployed Tuxedo applications have been doing services-oriented applications for a while [using] Tuxedo's distributed nature and services framework," Cremona added. In specific, he told IDN that BEA designed the combination of Tuxedo and SALT to provide "a SOA extensible platform for transaction-based applications…written in C/C++, COBOL," he added. "Tuxedo can natively extend legacy applications to SOA with SALT." SALT provides customers "a native [web services] stack to simply extend Tuxedo applications as Web services to SOA," he Cremona said.

Inside BEA's Tuxedo Product Announcements

  • Tuxedo 10.0 boosts performance, reliability and scalability to help customers leverage and extend mission-critical C, C++ and COBOL applications to SOA. Tuxedo 10 also adds support for the latest SOA and security standards for session and message encryption, user authentication and password encryption,

  • Tuxedo System and Application Monitor (TSAM 1.1)
  • provides end-to-end transaction and services monitoring, enabling customers to set and monitor response time to SLAs. TSAM delivers end-to-end transaction and services monitoring, a key to allowing customers set and monitor response time Service Level Agreements (SLAs), as well as investigate performance and behavior of live application services and improve capacity planning.

  • An upgrade for Services Architecture Leveraging Tuxedo (SALT 2.0) provides a standards-based, bi-directional, gateway and web services support for any programming language or programming model. The approach enables IT to create Web services instantly in a configuration-driven model with no programming required, and speed design-to-deployment time. SALT 2.0 also supports WS-Security, User name profiles and X.509 based authentication; enhanced data reporting, and custom standards-based data schemes.

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