HP and Red Hat Integrate SOA Tools

Hewlett Packard and Red Hat this week said their respective service oriented architecture platforms will work together.

The pact gives Red Hat a way to offer governance and policy management to its JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform, while it gives those that use HP’s SOA Systinet a lower cost enterprise service bus alternative for points within a SOA environment.

While the two companies have agreed to integrate their respective offerings and cross market them, it does not involve a packaging or cross selling of both offerings, said Craig Muzilla, Red Hat’s vice president of middleware.

"It’s a very popular tool in the marketplace, many of our customers use it," Muzilla said, of  HP’s SOA Systinet. It is more comprehensive in that it offers governance, policy management, and other business technology optimization (BTO) features, he added. According to HP, its SOA Systinet offering governs all forms of services including Web services, RESTful services, Java, and .NET, among others.

"If you have a number of end points and a number of services we can now work with the Systinent registry its SOA governance solution within our enterprise service bus," he said. "It makes it transparent for customers to integrate that."

At the same time, Muzilla said that many customers are looking to extend their SOAs with open source solutions. In many scenarios, the base UDDI registry that comes with the JBoss offering will suffice, he said. For those that want a more comprehensive system that doesn’t provide just registry, but provides policy management and overall governance of the services, the integration with HP Systinet will address those issues, he said.

About the Author

Jeffrey Schwartz is editor of Redmond magazine and also covers cloud computing for Virtualization Review's Cloud Report. In addition, he writes the Channeling the Cloud column for Redmond Channel Partner. Follow him on Twitter @JeffreySchwartz.

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