Two emerging companies are working to make Web services more reliable with products that enhance SOAP (simple object access protocol) functionality. Chutney Technologies Inc. announced its Apptimizer for SOAP, while Parasoft Corp. recently detailed its SOAPtest offering.

Atlanta-based Chutney’s software, compatible with both J2EE and .NET, is designed to eliminate bottlenecks resulting from Web services. The Chutney product line consists of a SOAP Library, and the Chutney storage engine. The two work together to eliminate Web services bottlenecks by essentially tapping into an existing SOAP library to identify where the software can reuse data, according to Greg Govatos, vice president of marketing at Chutney. On the Web services testing front, Parasoft’s SOAPtest tool enables functionality, load and regression testing to find errors in Web services that use the SOAP protocol, the company said. Parasoft is positioning SOAPtest as software to use early in the Web services development lifecycle to ensure that Web services function properly. SOAPtest, for instance, can emulate clients and servers to verify that Web services and related components are operating as intended, and that they are scaling when need be. According to the Monrovia, Calif.-based company, SOAPtest can pinpoint sources of error.

Web services focus at CA World 2000

Computer Associates International Inc. recently joined the conga line of companies supporting Web services, promising users ease of use, management and security for the emerging technology.

The 10,000 attendees at the recent CA World in Orlando, Fla., heard the company say it plans to integrate software and development tools from across its six brands to support and manage Web services from Microsoft’s .NET portfolio. The company also detailed plans for helping users manage wireless networks and storage resources. CA will support Web services via its portal software, CleverPath 4.0, which supports key Web services components such as Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI) and Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) that support directory and messaging functions, respectively. CleverPath runs on a Windows, IBM AIX, HP-UX, Linux or Sun Solaris server. The software pulls data from disparate sources such as a database, a corporate intranet or company accounting records, and populates a user’s desktop with that information via a Web interface.