Systinet Announces Availability of WASP 4.5 Beta

Systinet, a Cambridge, Mass.-based Web services infrastructure software provider, today announced WASP 4.5 Beta — the newest version of its Web services development and deployment platform.

Web services allow different applications from different sources to communicate with each other without custom coding. Because communication is based on XML, Web services are not tied to a particular operating system or programming language.

Systinet’s WASP suite is built on Web services standards (XML, SOAP, WSDL and UDDI) and features four products: WASP Server for C++, WASP UDDI, WASP Server for Java and the WASP OEM Edition (which is aimed at independent software vendors (ISVs) looking to Web service-enable applications).

The beta versions of C++, UDDI and Java products will be available for download on Dec. 4. The OEM edition will be available on Dec. 16.

Interoperability with .NET is one of the key features of Systinet 4.5. “.NET is making noise,” said Charlie Ungashick, Systinet’s senior director of product marketing.

To address integration issues between .NET and Web services running on J2EE and legacy systems, WASP 4.5 is built to improve interoperability. “Customers want to make sure that everything works together,” Ungashick said.

WASP 4.5 also includes support for Microsoft Active Directory security services for Web services running on non-Windows platforms. Ungashick described this as a “huge deal” as it allows access to all Web services through a single Windows sign-on.

Version 4.5 features WASP Remoting, which Systinet describes as a “first for Java and C environments.” WASP Remoting is designed to allow users to treat Web services functionality as a component of an application, so any application can act as a Web services client or server. Ungashick said Remoting reduces the burden on IT departments by eliminating the need for middleware and making integration with other applications 10 times simpler.

To make it easier for developers to get started, WASP 4.5 includes best practices code examples and a simplified set of application programming interfaces (APIs). “ISVs don’t want multiple APIs. They want a common Web ASP for J2EE and .Net,” said Ungashick.

To underscore the interest in Web services development platforms, Ian Bruce, Systinet’s vice president of marketing, said that the company’s user base has jumped from 14,000 to 21,000 in the last six months.

Systinet offers users a free license for single CPUs implementations. Additional licenses are priced $2,000 per CPU. WASP UDDI is priced separately at $10,000 per CPU for commercial deployment.

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