WSO2 Web Services Application Server 3.0 offers greater configuration flexibility, enhanced data services

WSO2 Web Services Application Server 3.0 offers greater configuration flexibility, enhanced data services

Open Source WSO2 WSAS 3.0 is Part of WSO2 Carbon, Industry’s First Fully Componentized SOA Framework

Mountain View, CA – February 9, 2009 – WSO2, the open source SOA company, today launched version 3.0 of the WSO2 Web Services Application Server (WSAS). The completely re-architected open source WSAS 3.0 is now based on WSO2 Carbon, the industry’s first fully componentized service-oriented architecture (SOA) framework.

The componentized WSO2 WSAS 3.0 offers significantly enhanced flexibility for configuring SOAs. For the first time, developers can separate the administration console logic from the service hosting engine of WSAS 3.0, making it possible to use a single front-end server to administer several back-end servers simultaneously. Additionally, developers can add any other WSO2 Carbon SOA components to their WSAS 3.0 instance with plug-and-play simplicity—eliminating the typical cost and complexity of integration.

“Customers have been seeking greater flexibility in server configurations for creating and running their Web services, but the complexity and cost of integration have limited their options,” said Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana, founder and CEO of WSO2. “With WSO2 WSAS 3.0, customers are free to deploy just the functionality they need, without sacrificing performance.”

WSO2 WSAS 3.0 is being launched in conjunction with the WSO2 Carbon SOA framework and the other products based on it—including the WSO2 Business Process Server (BPS) 1.0, WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) 2.0, and WSO2 Registry 2.0. For more information, see the related press releases also dated February 9, 2009.

Componentized WSO2 WSAS 3.0 Enables Custom SOA Solutions

Version 3.0 builds on the proven performance of WSO2 WSAS, the first application server to support the full XML-based WS-* stack and REST in a simple, lightweight model that makes it easier to develop, deploy, manage, and monitor Web services. The completely open source, enterprise-ready WSAS 3.0 is based on Apache Axis2, one of the world’s fastest Java Web services engines. With more than 3000 transactions per second on a dual-core system, the highly tuned WSAS 3.0 runs four to five times faster than Axis1.

In WSO2 WSAS 3.0, the server framework has been re-architected as the core Carbon framework that provides not only WSAS 3.0, but all other Carbon-based products, with enterprise-class management, security, clustering, logging, statistics, tracing, and a “Try-It” wizard. Based on the OSGi standard and using the Eclipse Equinox engine, the WSO2 Carbon framework enables a composable server architecture. WSO2 WSAS also uses the graphical unified management console, which supports all Carbon components and provides enhanced administration.

As a result, it is no longer necessary, for example, to download and implement the WSO2 WSAS 3.0 and WSO2 ESB 2.0 as separate products. Instead, developers can choose to start with the WSO2 WSAS 3.0 product, which includes the core Carbon framework and graphical unified management console. They can then add a mediation component from the ESB, and it will automatically integrate with WSAS 3.0, the core Carbon framework and console. Similarly, developers can choose to start with the WSO2 ESB 2.0 product for connecting Web services, and then simply download components of WSAS 3.0 as needed.

Other enhancements in WSO2 WSAS 3.0 are:
  • XSLT-to-XQuery transformation for Java and Data Services is provided through the ability plug in the ESB mediation pack, simplifying the creation of standard services.
  • Enhanced administration user interface, offering a more logical and easy-to-use configuration model.
  • WS-Policy Editor to configure services using the W3C standard.
  • Improved support for Active Directory, allowing administrators to integrate WSO2 WSAS into existing user management infrastructure.

The Carbon framework that powers WSO2 WSAS 3.0 brings additional new functionality, including full registry/repository integration, and transactional support for JMS and JDBC. For added detail on these features, refer to the February 9, 2009 WSO2 Carbon press release.

Availability and Support

The WSO2 Web Services Application Server 3.0 is available for download today. To get started, developers need to download the full product to get the core Carbon framework and unified management console that drive all of the components. Individual components will be available within one month of the initial product release, allowing developers to simply add new capabilities to any of the core products as needed.

As a fully open source solution released under the Apache License 2.0, the WSO2 WSAS does not carry any software licensing or subscription fees. WSO2 offers a range of service and support options for the WSO2 WSAS. These include support subscriptions, training, consulting, custom development and development support. For information on service and support packages, visit http://wso2.com.

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