Gartner’s and Cobiacomm’s analysis of WSO2 SOA Governance

image[First published at http://blog.cobia.net/cobiacomm/2011/10/25/wso2-soa-governance/]

WSO2, the lean enterprise middleware provider, announced that it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the “Visionaries” quadrant of a new report, Magic Quadrant for SOA Governance Technologies [1].

My analysis (from an ex-Gartner research team leader), the placement demonstrates WSO2 team leadership in defining a vision for policy based service governance. When publishing a service API for consumption, tracking published cloud-based service versions, monitoring service consumer connections, and delivering service-consumer interoperability, governance keeps the environment from devolving into chaos. Cloud based services, mobile devices, and multi-enterprise B2B interactions increase the environments where SOA governance technology must be applied. WSO2?s multi-tenant SOA governance infrastructure facilitates configuring models and policies associated with each participant’s business requirements. Many vendors have not yet modified their registries, repositories, and policy management systems to support multi-tenancy. As a result, organizations using single-tenant SOA governance tools are challenged to apply policies across diverse partners, customers, consumers, and internal corporate groups.

The WSO2 Carbon Governance and WSO2 Stratos Governance as a Service supports configuring a wide variety of design-time, development-time, and run-time policies. Built-in run-time policies include security access controls, authorization (via XACML), throttling, alerting, and caching, each of which accesses defined parts of the service message. The governance stack is also used to enforce software development policies when promoting applications and services across lifecycle stages (e.g. development to quality assurance, quality assurance to production). Granular cloud metering and billing is facilitated by collecting performance, faults, and business activity information in conjunction with the WSO2 Stratos Business Activity Management Service. WSO2 has posted good drill-down presentation describing how to use the governance registry.

The WSO2 Governance Registry not only interoperates and integrates with the WSO2 Carbon and WSO2 Stratos stack, but also with Cloud services hosted on other vendor stacks. Integration can occur at the network protocol level (i.e. HTTP, SOAP, FTP, AMQP, WebSphere MQ, POP3/SMTP, FIX, HL7, SAP iDoc/BAPI, and vendor-specific JMS variants), across multiple message formats (i.e. SOAP, XML, JSON, CSV, EDI, FIX, HL7, and REST), and multiple security and identity protocols (i.e. LDAP, SAML2, Kerberos, OpenID, OAuth, and XACMLA).

For more information, visit the WSO2 Governance Registry product page. To try out WSO2 Governance Registry as a Service for free, visit the StratosLive registration page.

[1] Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for SOA Governance Technologies,” by Paolo Malinverno and Daryl C. Plummer, October 17, 2011.

Chris Haddad, Vice President of Technical Evangelism
Chris’ blog: http://blog.cobia.net/cobiacomm

New role, new face: Chris Haddad joins WSO2

As WSO2 navigates the boundary between start-up and scale-up, we’re finding that one thing doesn’t change — the core of WSO2 is community.  Our open source technology had its genesis in the Apache community, and has spawned our own OxygenTank development portal.  The essence of the astoundingly productive development model is openness, input, and contribution from the community.  Our business model is based on matching needs in the user community with the skills of our community of developer-employees.  Our marketing and communication is about providing valuable information to the community and welcoming new members into that community.

As our community has grown, our ability to engage and serve that community also must scale up.  And since our community includes some pretty savvy folks, growing requires bringing on some pretty capable people.  I’m especially pleased to announce the latest data point in that trend:

Chris HaddadChris Haddad has joined our team in the role of Vice President of Technology Evangelism. Many of you may already be familiar with Chris’ work as a core analyst with Burton/Gartner specializing variously in Java, SOA, SaaS, PaaS, cloud, as those topics have each risen in importance to the industry.

Chris’ job will be (among other things) to help you — our community — understand better the trends, technologies, and tactics that make your technology investments pay off now and in the future.  Chris will also be bringing your stories back to WSO2, where they focus and improve WSO2’s technology and roadmap.

I encourage you to subscribe to Chris’ new blog, which will be full of his impressions as he broadens his exposure to the WSO2 platform.  Look for Chris at upcoming conferences, webinars, articles and more — or just drop him a line if you have a story to tell!

Chris, welcome to the WSO2 family!

Jonathan Marsh, VP Business Development and Product Design
Jonathan’s blog: http://jonathanmarsh.net/blog

Boston forecast: Cloudy with a chance of insight

I’ll be speaking at the Wall Street Technology Association event in Boston October 27th titled “Cloud Computing in Financial Services.”  I’m presenting an interesting idea that we’ve seen emerging among our WSO2 Stratos adopters.  Here’s the abstract:

Beyond exposing APIs: Exposing your data and services through a Vertical PaaS

“Adopters of cloud platforms expect scalability, high utilization rates, better analytics for their internal applications, and conversion of capex expenses to opex. In addition to these we are seeing a demand where adopters are seeking more – cloud offerings not just providing an API to their services but a complete ‘Vertical PaaS’ including third-party application hosting with direct access to the core data and services of the organization. Offering a development and hosting platform deeply integrated with their data and services rather than a simple Web API increases the potential for monetization and wider application of their service assets. This talk introduces the concepts and motivations behind this idea and provides a few customer data points that may be early indicators of an emerging trend.”

Hope to see you there!

Jonathan Marsh, VP Business Development and Product Design
Jonathan’s blog: http://jonathanmarsh.net/blog

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