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SOA in the Cloud Expo I’ll be delivering a Webinar next week about Layer 7’s Enterprise Service Manager (ESM) product. ESM offers the global view of clusters of SecureSpan Gateways and the services under their management. It’s functions fall into three main areas: Enterprise-scale Management Centrally manage and monitor all Gateways and associated services across the extended enterprise and into the cloud Automated Policy Migration Centrally approve and then push policy to any Gateway across the enterprise, automatically resolving environmental discrepancies Disaster Recovery Remotely manage, troubleshoot, backup and restore all Gateways, supporting full disaster recovery ESM is an important tool for managing SOA in the Enterprise, but it also plays a critical role when SOA moves to the cloud. In addition to extending an organization’s visibility and control, ESM ... (more)

eBizQ: SOA in This Year and the Next

SOA in the Cloud It’s that time when we look back on one year and forward to the next. Over at the eBizQ forum Peter Schooff asked about SOA’s past and future: What Developments in SOA Are You Most Thankful For This Year? What Do You Think Will be the Biggest Trend or Development for SOA in 2010? ... (more)

Why Intermediaries Matter in SOA

Are SOA anti-principles more important than success principles? Last week Joe McKendrick >asked the question. The idea of anti-principles came from Steve Jones, who a few years back did some nice work documenting SOA anti-patterns. In a post published last fall, Steve builds on his ideas, observing: The problem is that there is another concept that is rarely listed, what are your anti-principles? which is one of those good questions that should give you pause. Steve continues: In the same way as Anti-Patterns give you pointers when its all gone wrong then Anti-Principles are the ... (more)

The Importance of the Well-Designed API

We have worked with many APIs here at Layer 7. And over time we’ve seen it all, ranging from the good to the bad. We even see the downright ugly. Now a good API is a beautiful thing; it encourages innovation, abstracts appropriately, and is designed with enough forethought that nobody needs to change it down the road. Resiliency is a good quality in an API. APIs are a little like cockroaches in that they will likely outlive the human race. But what about the other ones? The ugly and bad ones? This is where developers could use some guidance. Truth is, good API design isn’t really... (more)

Propagating Security Context Across a Distributed Web Services Environment

It's a problem as old as networked computing. Consider two applications. They negotiate a level of trust. How can that trust - or security context - be transferred to a third application, one that may exist in an entirely different security domain from the first? This problem has been solved before, but is limited by proprietary solutions that resist integration. The challenge now, which is a significant one, is to solve it again, but this time for Web services - a task complicated by the need to accommodate a broad range of established security procedures and legacy technologie... (more)