Saturday, March 19, 2005

Iona Embraces Mainframes, Eclipse in New ESB

Iona Embraces Mainframes, Eclipse in New ESB
Iona Technologies enhanced its flagship enterprise service bus (ESB) by adding support for mainframe systems and integration with the popular Eclipse development platform.

Designed to help enterprises exchange and integrate data written in disparate languages, Artix 3.0 helps facilitate Web services (define) messages across service-oriented architectures (SOA).

While previous ESBs limit integration points to limited transports and payloads, Artix 3.0 extends endpoints within systems with custom plug-ins. It also supports more protocols, data models, security standards and development platforms than ever, said Iona CTO Eric Newcomer.

Specifically, Newcomer said Artix 3.0 features platform support for the popular Eclipse and Visual Studio development platforms, as well as for mainframes. For example, users can use Artix to integrate Microsoft .NET with an IBM mainframe to serve a customer call center application with several thousand users.

Expanded application platform support for WSDL (define), J2EE, Java servlets and native C++ containers is also part of the mix. Other improvements include integration with IBM Tivoli and Computer Associates WSDM and support for WS-Atomic Transaction WS-Addressing and UDDI (define). Support for WS-ReliableMessaging will be included this year, Newcomer said.

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