BEA Systems Announces AquaLogic Data Services Platform 2.1
Latest Addition to Service Infrastructure Product Suite Builds on SOA Leadership Position; Features Read and Update in .NET as well as Java Environment
SAN JOSE, Calif.—March 22, 2006— BEA Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: BEAS), a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software, announced today that the company has extended its vision of an integrated suite for service-oriented architecture (SOA) with its new AquaLogic Data Services Platform™ 2.1 (ALDSP™).
ALDSP 2.1 is designed to help application developers and SOA architects automate the process of service-enabling their data to build composite applications such as Web applications and portals. The product now features support for Microsoft ADO.NET, providing tooling and runtime support designed for transparent interoperability with .NET applications. This new feature gives users the ability to access (read) and update data through the ADO.NET standard to multiple back-end data sources.
With .NET support now built into ALDSP, BEA can help increase an enterprise’s ability to enable data access across its heterogeneous IT infrastructure. The ability to access data from a centralized service layer has become an important driver in the adoption of SOA. According to a recent International Data Group (IDG) survey, nearly half of those deploying SOA (49 percent) named data access as a key driver in their company’s decision to adopt SOA.
“Our customers have told us that they recognize the need for robust tools for accessing and managing disparate data residing in different sources across the enterprise. This functionality represents a key step in allowing data to flow freely throughout the enterprise, and it’s an important cornerstone of an SOA implementation,” said Sanjeev Kumar, unit executive, BEA’s AquaLogic Data Business Unit. “In addition, ALDSP 2.1 can make it easier to choose an IT infrastructure that includes .NET and Java applications.”
Another important feature is the ALDSP 2.1 Audit Framework, which is designed to support flexible auditing of events across all heterogeneous sources for greater compliance and control for user-access. Also, the product’s new operational monitoring support can capture metrics associated with execution of data services and can allow them to be used for computing and tracking service level agreements (SLA).
“Our clients need solutions that can deliver a single view of their enterprise and enhanced situational awareness. ALDSP 2.1 can help us meet our customers’ expectations, as it’s designed to provide enhanced data services capabilities, best-of-breed performance and the agility to integrate seamlessly with Java, .NET, or both,” said Alan McCutchen, vice president of engineering for Modus Operandi, a systems integrator that works with BEA. “ALDSP is key to our data services infrastructure and can help enable us to deliver world class solutions to our customers.”
Prior to this release, BEA was recognized for its data services capabilities. In a Jan. 9, 2006, Forrester Research report titled, “Information Fabric: Enterprise Data Virtualization,” the analyst firm identified BEA’s AquaLogic Data Services Platform – then the 2.0 version – as the “most comprehensive” solution in the enterprise data virtualization or information fabric market.
The Forrester report goes on to state, “BEA offers AquaLogic Data Services Platform, which provides a single location to capture logic that is relevant to data access and data updates. The data services layer provides reusable and real-time access to heterogeneous data, including packaged and custom applications. Forrester believes that BEA AquaLogic Data Services Platform offers the most comprehensive information fabric solution.”
ALDSP is one of the industry’s leading platform to service-enable enterprise data. The software is designed to automate the process of creating and maintaining services, adding better performance, uniform management and control across all heterogeneous data sources. In addition to helping increase an enterprise’s ability to enable data access across its IT infrastructure, ALDSP is also designed to provide greater business agility, while helping to reduce total cost of ownership and to enable faster time to market as it provides a common data layer across all corporate systems.
AquaLogic Data Services Platform is 2.1 is available now. For more information on SOA, please visit the BEA Resource Center at: http://www.bea.com/soa
For more information on the Forrester’s Information Fabric: Enterprise Data Virtualization report please visit www.bea.com/framework.jsp?CNT=pr01638.htm&FP=/content/
For more on the IDG SOA Survey, please visit www.bea.com/framework.jsp?CNT=pr01641.htm&FP=/content/
BEA Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: BEAS) is a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software, providing standards-based platforms to accelerate the secure flow of information and services. BEA product lines — WebLogic®, Tuxedo®, JRockit®, and the new AquaLogic™ family of Service Infrastructure — help customers reduce IT complexity and successfully deploy Service-Oriented Architectures to improve business agility and efficiency. For more information please visit www.bea.com.
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