Thursday, May 20, 2004

The Systinet Gateway

Just some quick highlights on the Systinet Gateway product:

Systinet Gateway is able to extend and bridge the following products: IBM WebSphereMQ (formerly MQSeries), TIBCO Rendezvous, and any JMS-based middleware solution. Gateway can extend these MOMs and bridge between combinations of these products.

Systinet Gateway provides full support for the latest standards, including SOAP 1.1, SOAP 1.2,WSDL 1.1, WS-I Basic Profile, WS-Security, WS-ReliableMessaging, WS-Addressing and WS-Eventing.

In essence, the Systinet Gateway modernizes some of the last-gen Queue/Bus products by bridging the gap between proprietary and open WS-* standards. This is nice if you already have an existing product (Tibco/IBM-MQ/JMS-*) in house and want to move down the ServiceNet path.

Systinet chose not roll yet another Queue/Bus but instead has placed a wrapper around the best-of-breed that exist today. One thing I'm not sure about is the support for WS-Policy (is that implied?) Also, I'm not sure but it sounds like they do some sort of translation between a WS Endpoint and a Topic (I'm guessing).

Is the Gateway a big deal? Yep. The Queue/Bus is commoditized, but the WS-Bus is still emerging. The Gateway must still prove to be performant (minimal overhead) and consistent with the architecture of the products that it front-ends (e.g., how well does it work with clustered versions, does it gracefully start-up/shut-down with the Bus, does it have similar versioning mechanisms, etc.)

What does this mean for Systinet? First, it is one of their higher end products ($$$) and will require a more sophisticated sale then what they are used to with Wasp. Second, they will have to convince Tibco/IBM/Sonic/Spirit that they aren't competition, but complementary. Lastly, they will have to fight off the other 'legacy-enablers' like Iona and the adapter players. This product (along with UDDI and their service enablement line) now give companies the tools to turn 'last-gen' into 'next-gen'.

So what can we expect next from Systinet?

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