Iona Technologies’ ESB (enterprise service bus), Artix, acts as a communication bridge within SOA infrastructures, weaving together enterprise information systems, mainframe applications, nonsimilar protocols, and various payloads and providing a means for resiliency, data transformation, security, and dynamic discovery. The new edition, Artix 3.0 Advanced, takes the pluggable architecture a step further, adding a J2EE service connector and direct communication with application servers such as JBoss, BEA WebLogic, and IBM WebSphere.
In addition to extensive plug-in options, Iona rounds out the Artix offering with a good group of tools for service-enabling applications. For example, wizards in the Eclipse-based Designer simplify the creation of WSDL files used to define resource end points, often without any additional programming. Designer also generates WSDL from Cobol Copybooks and CORBA Interface Definition Language. The Chain Builder plug-in enables services and transformations to be predeterminately linked into larger processes.
More advanced stateful process management will require an outside orchestration subsystem, and additional Iona components will be necessary to fully implement QoS features such as operational logging and to integrate with management frameworks such as CA Unicenter and IBM Tivoli. Furthermore, Iona’s per-CPU run-time-pricing model means that applications demanding processor-intensive XSLT (XSL Transformation) work will escalate costs.
Nevertheless, Iona’s offering is one of the most scalable ESB packages available. Artix 3.0 Advanced presents a strong choice to any shop considering an ESB as a flexible integration solution.
Cost: Basic deployment starts at $5,000 per CPU; typical deployment starts at $10,000 per CPU
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