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Web Services in Action? These Vendors Are.

Emboldened by the allure of rich revenues in Web services software, several vendors this week announced products and partnerships concerning distributed computing.

With an eye toward securing application-to-application communication across remote networks, Digital Evolution released a virtual private network (VPN) appliance that ensures the delivery secure, XML-based Web services between business partners.

Because Web services rely on the largely insecure Internet for transportation, customers are loathe to implement the new architectures, fearing their data may be compromised.

Digital Evolution, which acquired security technology when it bought Flamenco Networks, is looking to help clients minimize risk and automate Web services provisioning.

In other safeguarding matters, AmberPoint said at the Gartner Application Integration and Web services Summit in Orlando that it has integrated security software from Reactivity. AmberPoint software now provides clients with security between the network edge and the application server, ensuring that no one within the company gains unauthorized access to Web services.

Also, at the Gartner Summit in Orlando this week, Actional released SOA Command and Control Platform, the first product from the Mountain View, Calif., company since its merger with Westbridge Technology last month.

The new release, which will be available later this week, combines the service-oriented architecture and Web services management tools from Actional with Westbridge's security technology. The software helps clients secure, execute and manage Web services and SOAs.

Sandra Rogers, program director of SOA and Web services for IDC, said in a statement the offering should make it easier for customers to set up an SOA, driving down total cost of ownership.

Writing Web services infrastructure software for customers makes sense. According to IDC, the Web services software space will reach $3.2 billion by 2008.

As a broader model for distributed computing, SOAs have been gaining steam, riding the coattails of XML and Web services, both of which have become the de facto standards for exposing and consuming information among disparate parties.

To that end, Systinet released its latest UDDI registry, Business Services Registry 5.5, which the Cambridge, Mass., company said is the centerpiece of its foundation for application lifecycle management within the SOA.

The UDDI allows companies to address the governance challenges that arise as the SOA sews together disconnected departments and functions.

Waltham, Mass., neighbor Cape Clear Tuesday issued the beta release of a new Business Process Management (BPM) product designed to simplify the execution of SOAs.

Cape Clear Orchestrator, which will be included in the next release of the company's enterprise service bus offers a Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) runtime and graphical design and management tools.

Cape Clear claimed in a statement that while typical BPM practices have failed because they were based on proprietary technology Orchestrator is based on the BPEL 1.1 standard so that users have one familiar environment to use.

San Francisco's Blue Titan meanwhile released Network Director RM, SOA software that includes standards-based reliable messaging. Network Director RM is now a messaging backbone, which eliminates the need to pad SOA with a proprietary messaging solution.

In related news, OASIS has ratified WS-Reliability as a standard for providing a method to guarantee message delivery over the Internet.

HP , Hitachi , NEC , Novell , Oracle, SeeBeyond , Sun Microsystems and others lent their technical talents to produce the schema for guaranteed message delivery using Web services.