Systinet hails UDDI

Systinet Corp. on Monday released an upgrade of its UDDI-based business services registry that adds a configurable services console, advanced classification management, and publishing wizards for mapping and publishing of service data.

Version 5.5 of Systinet Business Services Registry is intended to provide for service-oriented architecture (SOA) “governance” and application life cycle management, serving as a hub, according to Systinet.

With the business services console, users gain an easy way to navigate and search for services based on specific categorizations, such as business processes like order entry or credit authorization, said David Butler, vice-president of marketing at Systinet.

An advanced classification management function enables users to set up the business service model and change relationships of services. Typically, services are customer-defined into classifications such as service views or security policy compliance. Previously, classifications in the product were based on standard UDDI taxonomies. “What you need to provide is a layer above that based on your business,” Butler said.

SOA information publishing wizards in Version 5.5 allow for automatic mapping and publishing of business service data while providing standard SOA information, including XML Schema, WSDL, BPEL (Business Process Execution Language), and versioning, according to Systinet. Specific XML documents can be related to a Web service. A policy document, for example, could be based on a Web services policy and describe a rule such as a security rule.

Systinet, in three years, cites more than 55,000 downloads of its free documentation and free development licenses. “All the development versions of our products are freely downloadable,” Butler said.

Also in data management, ANTs Software Inc. on Monday released Version 2.4 of the Asynchronous Non-preemptive Tasks (ANTs) data server, which the company says performs parallel operations to exceed the performance of other relational database management systems on the market by five to 15 times.

The ANTs server is based on proprietary lock-free technology, allowing for high levels of concurrency, said Ken Ruotolo, CFO at ANTs. “Many thousands of transactions can process in parallel at the same time,” Ruotolo said.

ANTs’ technology uses parallelism in situations where there is high contention for data structures such as rows or indexes, said Ruotolo. “Other RDBMSes use locking to control that and they, in essence, cause transactions to be processed in a sequential fashion,” he said. “We have a technology that comes out of the supercomputer world that allows the transactions to process in parallel.”

Improvements in Version 2.4 include faster processing and support of Intel Corp. hyperthreading, which also serves to boost performance. The new release supports as much as 64GB of RAM as well as full disaster recovery and high availability, including supporting auto-recovery. Also, optimizations have been added to allow for online analytics against a transaction database.

Priced at US$25,000 per CPU, the database supports communications via standard interfaces such as SQL 92, ODBC, and JDBC. ANTs is ideal for high-volume transaction applications such as financial services or message-handling in telecommunications, Ruotolo said. It also can be used to offload “hot spot tables” off of another database management system, to reduce bottlenecks.

Sleepycat Software Inc. is shipping Berkeley DB 4.3, an open source developer database featuring in-memory transaction logging and other enhancements in speed and ease-of-use improvements, to boost development of telecommunications and datacenter infrastructure software.

In-memory transaction logging enables fast recovery in response to system failovers in a distributed database, according to the company. Developers can replicate the session in system memory for high performance and high availability, Sleepycat added.

Also featured in Version 4.2 are Level 2 isolation, for improved transaction throughput; automatic initialization of replication clients, to make it easier to set up a fault-tolerant system; and automatic sequence number generation, to boost concurrency and improve application speed.

Klocwork Inc. on Monday announced Version 6.1 of its static analysis tools for Java development projects. Products include inForce, which analyzes code defects from the developer desktop perspective; inSpect, which analyzes source code and ranks code problems in the entire application; and inSight Architect, which provides architecture visualization.

“We’re looking to find defects earlier in the development cycle” with the suite, said Chris Sedorko, vice-president of product management at Klocwork.

The inForce product now features plug-ins for the Eclipse 3.0 environment and Rational Application Developer for WebSphere tool as well as a standalone application for pointing at a Java application and finding problems that could be performance- or security-related. Klocwork inSpect features enhanced Java metrics, and inSight Architect now offers system-level analysis of large Java architectures.

Klockwork’s new tools ship at the end of November. The tools start in price at US$495 per tool.

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