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Oracle Dispatches SOA Integration Suite

Oracle today unveiled SOA Suite to help customers integrate legacy and modern applications, cobbled together from homegrown software and infrastructure products acquired through company purchases.

The service-oriented architecture suite for distributed computing is designed to let customers blend new and old software so they don't have to "rip and replace" existing infrastructure.

Oracle said in a statement the suite should help enterprises meet their customers' requirements for speedy information retrieval and exchange and for conducting time-sensitive transactions.

Retrieving and exchanging information is crucial at a time when regulatory compliance rules such as Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPAA call for information to be saved unaltered and presented in its original form.

The suite includes a number of "engines" for Web services, BPEL processes, business rules, management and message exchange.

For example, the Oracle BPEL Process Manager is a Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) engine that allows organizations to design, define and execute business processes with Web services. This was acquired in Oracle's purchase of Collaxa.

The Oracle Enterprise Service Bus connects existing IT systems and business partners as services. And Oracle Business Activity Monitoring offers insight into business operations in real time.

The package also includes Oracle JDeveloper 10g, an integrated development environment for creating and composing applications.

Customers may buy the whole suite or mix and match individual products, with licensing fees varying depending on installation size.

In what the company has come to call "hot-pluggable," Oracle SOA Suite provides a broad variety of Web services connectors to access legacy systems, such as CICS, VSAM, and IMS, as well as packaged applications including SAP, PeopleSoft, Oracle e-Business Suite and Siebel. Oracle also supports competing application servers, including IBM WebSphere, BEA WebLogic and JBoss.

SOA Suite is a cornerstone of Oracle Fusion Middleware, the Redwood Shores, Calif., company's strategy for providing a quality distributed computing infrastructure for businesses worldwide.

Oracle believes that offering all of the pieces in a condensed suite will give it a leg up over rivals IBM, Microsoft and BEA Systems, all of which are vying for large chunks in the same multi-billion-dollar distributed computing pie.