WSO2 wins Data Services/Integration Product of the Year award

WSO2 Web Services Application Server 2.0 Honored for Programming-Free Data Services Designed for the Agile, On-Demand Nature of SOA

Colombo, Sri Lanka and Mountain View, CA – April 16, 2008 – WSO2, the open source SOA company, announced today that the WSO2 Web Services Application Server (WSAS) 2.0 has received the Product of the Year award in the Data Services/Integration category.

Earning a Gold product designation, the WSO2 WSAS 2.0 was one of this year’s winners, who were selected according to their performance in the following areas: innovation, performance, ease of integration into environment, ease of use and manageability, functionality, value, and how well they enable service orientation.

According to, “SOA has created new age problems for data. ETL-based data warehouses aren't built for the agile, on-demand nature of SOA and it is a new age, open source vendor taking top honors in the data services/integration category. WSO2's data services allow developers to expose data stored in relational databases in minutes via a Web services API without programming. An XML response is generated using database data, making it fast and easy to include this data in Web mashups.”

One judge also noted, "It's nice to see open source software take on the growing data access problem. This is a tool that's likely to make both architects and developers happy. It's service-oriented, and it addresses a common tactical problem that teams face in most every project."

“We are greatly honored to receive the Product of the Year award for Data Services/Integration from, one of the industry’s premier resources for real-world SOA solutions and strategies,” said Sanjiva Weerawarana, founder and CEO of WSO2. “This is strong validation of our fundamental belief that a new generation of open source software will play a strategic role in enabling enterprises’ inherently heterogeneous service-oriented architectures. We will continue to deliver on this mission by expanding on the rich data services, development and integration functionality in the WSO2 Web Services Application Server.”

About WSAS 2.0

The WSO2 Web Services Application Server 2.0 sets new standards for simplifying the delivery of Web services. WSAS 2.0 is the first open source server to simply expose data services to tap relational databases for mashups. It also features Eclipse integration to let developers work directly in the IDE, provides clustering for high availability, allows Enterprise Java Beans (EJBs) to be exposed as Web services, offers backward compatibility for Apache Axis1, and extends security through support for the Web services (WS-*) security stack and XML Key Management Specification (XKMS).

The WSO2 Data Services capability is a key enabler for implementing a service-oriented architecture. Increasingly, customers are finding that exposing existing relational databases and data warehouses is an essential requirement for their SOA strategy. WSO2 Data Services functionality offers an easy-to-use and yet powerful approach that supports full security management, including authentication, authorization, encryption and digital signatures.

The completely open source, openly developed WSAS 2.0 is based on Apache Axis2, one of the world’s fastest Java Web services engines, and features a lightweight Ajax administration console to simplify configuration and management. Capable of more than 3000 transactions per second on a dual-core system, the highly tuned WSAS 2.0 runs four to five times faster than Axis1. It is the first application server to support the full XML-based WS-* stack and REST in a simple, clean, lightweight model that makes it easier to develop, deploy, manage, and monitor Web services.

WSO2 recently released the WSO2 Web Services Application Server 2.2.1, which extends Data Services to include database connection pooling, support for Microsoft Excel (97-2003) and the comma-separated values (CSV) formats, and an enhanced user interface. The newest WSO2 WSAS version also features Java Management Extension (JMX)-based monitoring, WS-Security 1.1 support, and enhancements to its clustering capabilities and Web-based management console.

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