BEA rides Java toward SOA
Manageability shines in complementary WebLogic and AquaLogic ESB releases
Reports generated from logs, alerts, and errors are highly configurable and usable. An embedded database, from PointBase, enables storing of this data, which can also be persisted to the customer’s existing DBMS.
One final embedded item is peculiar: AquaLogic embeds a full implementation of WebLogic server. This design is required to support many of AquaLogic’s clustering and high-availability features, as well as its security resources. Oddly, the WebLogic server can be used as a full-fledged application server. BEA places no restrictions on this use, although it points out that this dual usage of the WebLogic will slow performance both for AquaLogic and the applications. However, if the needs of AquaLogic or the application are light, this might make for a comparatively economical configuration.
Overall, AquaLogic has a good management interface and prospects to grow into a serious ESB. However, it has not quite reached the levels of its direct competitors in this first release.
If the new mission statement for BEA is Java cum SOA, these two products help move the company squarely in that direction. The solid management features common to both products makes the combination of products particularly inviting.