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BEA Fits Tuxedo With SOA Makeover

BEA Systems is giving its Tuxedo transaction processing platform a new fitting and jazzing up the software with a more slick look and feel based on service-oriented architecture .

Lorenzo Cremona, director of marketing for Tuxedo, said Tuxedo 9.0 is designed to help customers build new and repurpose legacy applications and extend them to a SOA distributed computing environment.

"For developers, we're providing the ability to integrate the two sides of the IT house," Cremona said. "On one hand you have all the new development on Java and .NET environments and on the other you have the legacy applications."

"Tuxedo has the ability to integrate the legacy apps into mainstream languages. We think that developers are receptive to that idea because it changes their whole migration strategy."

Cremona said Tuxedo 9.0 boasts better support for XML, which lends it more punch for SOAs, as well as tighter integration with WebLogic Server and BEA's AquaLogic Service Bus for Web services .

Tuxedo is a popular software program that processes transactions for communications networks, ATMs and credit card purchases. The software, designed to run applications based on C, COBOL, C++ and CORBA C++ languages that run more than 5,000 transactions per second, was created by AT&T Bell Labs in 1983 to support that phone giant's network.

BEA acquired Tuxedo from Novell in the mid-'90s and turned it into its top transaction processing platform, gaining 2,000 customers in telecommunications, retail and finance fields by 2000. Tuxedo has proven to be a great revenue stream for BEA, which went on to create a leading application platform, called WebLogic.

A new Tuxedo service metadata repository offers application developers and administrators the ability to store services parameter information on any Tuxedo application services.

Cremona said 9.0 is more secure, supporting Kerberos for single-single sign on (SSO), and CERT-C Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) support for digital signatures.

BEA Tuxedo 9.0 is available now. Those interested may contact BEA for more details.

The new iteration comes as BEA is overhauling its software portfolio, making the middleware services more flexible to be transferred across the Web on the fly regardless of the different types of computing gear involved.

BEA has good reason to upgrade its software. Foes IBM and Microsoft are doing the same and most software makers are aching for a large chunk of what IDC recently said will be a $15 billion Web services market by 2009.