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Systinet Retools For SOAs

Systinet announced a new CEO and a slew of products geared to solidify its status as a provider of distributed computing software, a move that positions the company to take advantage of the hot service-oriented architecture sector.

The Cambridge, Mass., company, which also banked $10.5 million in financing led by Warburg Pincus, lured Thomas Erickson from webMethods as CEO. Erickson, an executive with expertise in Web services and application integration, will replace CEO and Founder Roman Stanek, who will become chief strategy office for the privately-held concern.

Systinet said in a press statement that Erickson will steer the small company as it makes an aggressive charge at wrangling market share from other companies fielding SOAs , distributed computing models that often employ Web services to help companies integrate their numerous applications.

The deal comes at a time when many enterprises in such lucrative fields as financial services, insurance and retail are asking for a more simplified, cost-effective infrastructure.

Erickson must guide Systinet, known primarily as a developer of Web services and a solid UDDI registry, as it invests in global sales, marketing, services and R&D to compete with other SOA providers, both large and small.

IBM , Microsoft , Oracle and BEA Systems are the big fish in the pond, but Systinet will likely compete with Amberpoint, Actional, Infravio, Cape Clear and a raft of other smaller vendors itching to grab pieces of the SOA and Web services pie.

Analysts expect consolidation to continue until the sector is whittled down to a few strong rivals.

To help jumpstart its new focus, Systinet unveiled new development products that will serve as building blocks for SOAs, including the new Gateway 1.0, and the latest, SOA-enabled versions of Systinet UDDI Registry 5.0 and Systinet Server for Java 5.0 and C++ 5.0.

According to Systinet, Gateway 1.0 allows proprietary message-oriented middleware (MOM) products, such as TIBCO Rendezous, IBM WebSphereMQ (formerly MQ Series), SonicMQ to support any standards-based Web services endpoint. Beginning at $25,000 per CPU, Gateway 1.0 supports reliable communications, message persistence and multiple messaging patterns, along with interoperability with application servers including Microsoft .NET, BEA WebLogic, and Apache AXIS.

At $10,000 per CPU, UDDI Registry 5.0 makes it possible for developers to discover and reuse Web services. Systinet Server for Java 5.0 (formerly WASP Server for Java), is a server used for writing Java Web services, for $2,000 per CPU. Also for $2,000, Systinet Server for C++ 5.0 (formerly WASP Server for C++), is a Web services server for C/C++ applications and includes full support for WS-Security.

All of the software development packages are available now and support Web services for multiple messaging-oriented middleware (MOM), the latest UDDI Version 3 spec, and standards like WS-ReliableMessaging to facilitate interoperability in Web services.

Systinet, whose customers include Societe Generale, Motorola and the U.S. Department of Defense, is one of many vendors and organizations making enter prise software announcements from the Gartner Application Integration and Web Services Summit in Los Angeles Tuesday.

For example, the Web Services Interoperability organization published a draft of its Basic Security Profile 1.0, which is considered vital to facilitating adoption of Web services and SOAs.