Service types added into the Carbon platform inherit tracing, security, and other capabilities. Also, developers can deploy other OSGi bundles based on existing open source projects or their own custom OSGi components on top of Carbon.
WSO2 is offering a "fairly intelligent use of OSGi," said Michael Meehan, senior analyst at Current Analysis. "They're really embracing the modularity of it," Meehan said.
In addition to ODE, Carbon components are based on Apache projects such as the Axis2 Web services engine, the Tomcat servlet container, and the Synapse ESB.
Developers need to download one of the four products to get the core Carbon framework and unified management console.
Products will be offered as open source offerings under the Apache 2.0 license. WSO2 sells service and support options via subscriptions. A one-year subscription to the business process server will cost $12,000 per CPU while the other three products will cost $8,000 per CPU per year.