IBM ships a SOAP Router, of sorts

Rohit Khare khare at alumni.caltech.edu
Tue Apr 22 12:55:45 PDT 2003


Application-Layer Firewalls, anyone?

> Another new IBM technology, the Web Services Gateway, included with 
> WebSphere Business Connection software, provides mapping based on WSDL 
> documents. The Web Services Gateway is deployed at the firewall, where 
> it functions as a proxy server of WSDL-defined services and provides a 
> single point for managing Web services security, including access and 
> validation controls. The Web Services Gateway also uses WSIF to 
> simplify integration. Combining this functionality within the Gateway 
> provides easier implementation of Web services between business 
> partners.

-- Rohit

http://www.infoworld.com/article/03/04/18/16ibmrational-sb-1_1.html?web 
 
WebSphere serves Web services
By  Maggie  Biggs 	April 18, 2003 
 	
IBM’s WebSphere platform and tools already provide a useful solution 
for enterprises that need to implement the latest Web technologies and 
integrate and extend existing software assets. Recently IBM made 
available a number of new XML and Web services technologies that ease 
integration in enterprise settings running multiple component 
frameworks, such as J2EE and Microsoft .Net.

One of these technologies, an implementation of the open source WSIF 
(Web Services Invocation Framework), provides a simple Java API for 
invoking Web services regardless of how or where the services are 
provided. WSIF support in WebSphere Studio Developer Integration 
Edition allows developers to integrate with Web services via WSDL 
descriptions rather than working directly with protocols such as SOAP. 
WSIF simplifies SOAP, EJB, JMS, and .Net component integration and 
allows you to blend frameworks at a higher level of abstraction.

Another new IBM technology, the Web Services Gateway, included with 
WebSphere Business Connection software, provides mapping based on WSDL 
documents. The Web Services Gateway is deployed at the firewall, where 
it functions as a proxy server of WSDL-defined services and provides a 
single point for managing Web services security, including access and 
validation controls. The Web Services Gateway also uses WSIF to 
simplify integration. Combining this functionality within the Gateway 
provides easier implementation of Web services between business 
partners.

Enterprises running applications on WebSphere should begin to explore 
how these technologies might be implemented to increase corporate 
integration processes and expand the possible use of Web services with 
business partners. 


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