WSO2 Extends Concept of Lean Adaptive Middleware with Launch of WSO2 Carbon 3.0 Componentized SOA Middleware Platform

Carbon 3.0 Features Component Manager with First Point-and-Click Simplicity for Adding Middleware Functions, Automatic Discovery of Service Endpoints, and Optimization for Large-Scale Server and Cloud Implementations

Mountain View, CA – May 4, 2010 – WSO2 today announced the launch of WSO2 Carbon 3.0, the newest release of WSO2’s award-winning, fully componentized middleware platform, which is based on the popular OSGi technology framework.

WSO2 Carbon 3.0 continues to redefine the state-of-the-art of middleware by providing a cohesive middleware platform that adapts to the specific needs of each enterprise IT project—locally and in the cloud. The new Component Manager in WSO2 Carbon 3.0 provides the first interface that lets developers simply point-and-click to tailor a rich set of middleware functionality into a customized lean solution. The new Web Services Dynamic Discovery (WS-Discovery) support automates the configuration of a project spanning multiple Web service endpoints. WSO2 Carbon 3.0 also features enhanced integration of the WSO2 Governance Registry across the platform, facilitating governance and monitoring across large clustered deployments and cloud implementations.

“For too long, enterprise developers have had to adjust their IT projects to the parameters of the middleware software they use,” said Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana, WSO2 founder and CEO. “WSO2 Carbon 3.0 puts IT developers in the driver’s seat for the first time. Now it’s simply a matter of choosing the middleware capabilities required, and Carbon automatically handles the provisioning—no integration required. It is the next step in the evolution of IT application and service deployment.”

WSO2 also announced the availability of a round of new versions of its popular open source middleware products based on the new Carbon 3.0 platform: WSO2 Web Services Application Server (WSAS) 3.2, WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) 3.0, WSO2 Governance Registry 3.5, and WSO2 Identity Server 3.0. (For more information, see Carbon 3.0 product press release also dated May 4, 2010.)

New Carbon 3.0 Capabilities
  • The Carbon 3.0 Component Manager features a checkbox user interface (UI) where IT professionals start with a lean core and can click to add the functionality they want to their WSO2 middleware products—choosing from among more than 150 features. For example, adding mediation (traditionally an ESB feature) to the WSO2 WSAS simply requires clicking on the WSO2 Mediation feature; the Component Manager then acquires, installs, and provisions the feature in the runtime automatically. Equinox P2 provisioning identifies any dependencies and ensures that all necessary components such as additional management user interfaces are included. The browser-based UI console eliminates the need for access to the file system or advanced installers, enabling the Carbon Component Manager to support both server-based and cloud deployments.
  • WS-Discovery support allows Carbon 3.0 to automatically discover nearby service endpoints, freeing IT professionals from much of the rewiring work typically required when deploying a new set of services or moving existing ones. This significantly facilitates the ability to move deployments between different servers, private clouds, or public clouds.
  • Enhanced Governance Registry integration across the entire Carbon 3.0 middleware platform increases the ability to govern and monitor large-scale deployments, including clustered servers and cloud implementations. Carbon 3.0 Builds on Proven Componentized Platform
  • WSO2 Carbon 3.0 builds on the proven performance of WSO2’s award-winning SOA platform, which acts as an Eclipse-like framework for servers. Using WSO2’s lean platform—totaling 200MB for all Carbon components combined—enterprise IT teams can spend their time integrating systems and building new processes and applications instead of struggling with the rigid boundaries and complexity of proprietary middleware platforms. This results in significant savings in project time, costs and staffing.
  • The common Carbon framework provides the WSO2 middleware products a consistent set of enterprise-class management, security, clustering, logging, statistics, tracing, and other capabilities. This empowers teams and developers to become much more productive. A unified graphical management console can deploy, manage, and view services, processes, process instances, and statistics across the whole platform. This approach delivers a powerful platform that offers the same functional richness as the most advanced proprietary competitors, without sacrificing the simplicity of the lean, high-performance runtime that appeals to developers.
  • Availability and Support

    WSO2 Carbon 3.0 middleware products are available today as software downloads and as WSO2 Cloud Virtual Machines running on the Amazon Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2), Linux Kernel Virtual Machine (KVM), or VMware ESX. As fully open source solutions released under the Apache License 2.0, WSO2 SOA middleware products do not carry any licensing fees. WSO2 offers a range of additional service and support options including evaluation support, a special QuickStartSM consulting program, development support, and production support.