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Oracle Choreographs Service Delivery

Distributed computing with Oracle software should get a lot more efficient.

Oracle officials said the company has merged its Oracle BPEL Process Manager with Oracle Web Services Manager engines to make it easier for customers to deliver secure computer services to clients or partners.

Together, the products allow programmers to write secure Web services without hard coding security and other policies. This leads to greater programming efficiencies, said Prakash Ramamurthy, vice president of server technologies at Oracle.

How does this save time and money?

Ramamurthy said that without a single engine to choreograph business processes and Web services, companies have to purchase a separate Web services orchestration engine and Web services security management tool and integrate them to get the same result.

The executive said the Redwood Shores, Calif., company recognizes that customers are searching for an integrated portfolio from one vendor instead of a bucket of parts from several providers.

The move comes as Oracle has been gradually putting the pieces together for a comprehensive Web services and service oriented architecture (SOA) suite.

BPEL Process Manager, which corrals business processes, comes from Oracle's purchase of Collaxa last year, while the Web Services Manager was acquired in the recent Oblix buy to help the company secure Web services delivery.

Web Services Manager has several utilities, including a graphical tool for building new security and operations policies; a policy gateway to intercept inbound requests and enforce policy; and policy agents to provide security by plugging into an application or service.

In other distributed computing news, IBM and Zend launched Zend Core for IBM, which is designed to help developers deploy IBM database applications and services based on the popular PHP Web language.

Zend Core for IBM integrates IBM's DB2 Universal Database and Cloudscape, based on the Apache Software Foundation Derby project, with Zend's open source PHP environment. Native support for XML and Web Services makes the product a cinch for SOAs.

IBM and Zend are also working to include high-level database integration frameworks and enhanced PHP Web services standards.