Built on the Sonic ESB (enterprise service bus), the new Sonic SOA Suite 6.1 from Sonic Software delivers a comprehensive Java-based server infrastructure and toolset for connecting applications, Web services, and data sources, and orchestrating interactions among them into business processes over a services infrastructure. The Sonic ESB engine itself combines a services bus with SonicMQ messaging and intelligent XML routing; the Orchestration Server extends routing and workflow to more complex, often long-running, business processes.
Along with these existing components, the full Sonic SOA Suite includes one addition and one option that will be important to IT managers considering enterprise-grade deployments. The optional Collaboration Server, supporting ebXML and RosettaNet protocols, enables XML-based interchange with trading partners. The new Database Service, integral for bridging relational data sources via ESB messaging, offers out of the box support for Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, and IBM DB2 databases.
I’ve been working with the Integration Workbench, Sonic’s Windows-only IDE for developing, testing, and deploying assets on your ESB. Despite its departure from the BPEL-based Eclipse tools used by some vendors, I like what I’m seeing: a visual XML editor that enables simple manipulation, transformation, testing, and debugging of XML docs; a UML-style designer that eases the modeling of orchestration control processes; and a new visual tool that simplifies the management of services deployment and maintenance.
With the release of Sonic SOA Suite 6.1, Sonic has revealed one of the most cohesive and sweeping ESB solutions on the market today. If you’re looking to bridge enterprise applications through a services-oriented framework, Sonic offers a must-see ESB.
Sonic SOA Suite 6.1
Cost: Starts at $35,000 per CPU
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