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Market Research Digest - 18th June 2003

Ascential reaches version 7.0, integrates with enterprise service oriented architecture

Keeping up with the latest buzzphrases, Ascential Enterprise Integration Suite 7.0 offers:
  • Intelligent Assistants to ease tasks and boost productivity (sounds like a Wizard to me)
  • strengthened security and web services based management interface
  • NLS (language) support - using Unicode (about time too!)
  • support for IBM z/OS Unix Systems Services (Unix on the mainframe) and Red Hat Linux
  • Any to any connectivity using web services (.NET or J2EE), EJB, and JMS, with interfaces for various BPI (Business Process Integration) solutions

See press release.

Ascential has also announced a 4 to 1 reverse stock split...

iWay's Universal Adapter Offering provides JCA support for all J2EE app servers

JCA (Java Connector Architecture) 1.0 is supported with 250 adapters - and JCA 1.5 will be supported shortly with iWay 5.5. Read the press release.

These are the "partner adapters" announced by IBM for its Websphere integration product line last week... iWay (a division of Information Builders) seems to recognise that adapters are its core competence - whether for J2EE or for Biztalk - and its own integration engines such as ETL manager are of less strategic importance. The tag line on the web site now reads "World's leading adapter vendor".

Database legend retires to write a novel

Peter Hearty - well known as principal developer of InstantDB and more recently the phLicense Java licensing product and phDataCache lightweight caching JDBC driver, has decided to change down (or is that up) a gear. He's taking a career break to write a historical novel set around the eastern Roman Emperor, Heraclius, who battled with Persians and Arabians at the time of the Prophet Mohammed.

He's put the IPR of the phWorks products up for sale - more details on his website. Any offers, anyone?

Transatlantic data speed record "shattered"

In case you thought you had enough data coming at you, U.S. and European scientists have set a new data transfer speed record, shattering the previous mark using nothing but good old fashioned Ethernet.

The researchers sent one terabyte of data from Sunnyvale, California to Geneva in less than an hour. Their 2.38Gb/s sustained rate for a single TCP/IP data stream beat the old top mark by a factor of 2.5. At this rate, users could send a full CD in 2.3 seconds or 200 full length DVD movies in an hour.

See The Register.

The more data rates increase, the more we need to manage the flow...

Resubmitted J2ME updates make it past JSR committee

A couple of weeks ago I reported the revolt in the ranks of the JCP committee responsible for approving J2ME standards. A set of 1.1 versions were stymied because of concerns about footprint bloat. Well, now the resubmitted proposals have been passed - albeit with IBM and Motorola voting against and strong reservations from Nokia and Siemens about licensing. There is still concern that the J2ME core will become too big for some devices.

See JSR216 - Personal Profile 1.1, JSR217 - Personal Basis Profile 1.1, JSR218 - CDC 1.1 and JSR219 - Foundation Profile 1.1.

PolarLake releases JIntegrator - the first universal Enterprise Service Bus

PolarLake JIntegrator is the first Universal Enterprise Service Bus with an ability to span multiple messaging oriented middleware (MOM) products, including IBM® WebSphere® MQ and TIBCO ActiveEnterprise™, as well as Internet protocols, while meeting the most demanding performance and reliability requirements.

This is the first of a series of releases - previewed here in an April 2003 digest - to address the issues raised using Java applications with XML based documents.

See press release.

Progress Q2 results

Revenue for the quarter was $77.6 million, up 15 percent (6 percent at constant currency) from $67.6 million in the second quarter of 2002. Software license revenue was $27.1 million, up 18 percent (10 percent at constant currency) from $23.0 million in the same quarter last year.

"Sonic Software has continued to exhibit strong growth, being the first to market with an enterprise service bus, Sonic ESB(TM)" said Joseph W. Alsop, co-founder and chief executive officer of Progress Software. "Additionally, both Sonic and Progress have already begun to realize the benefits of new technology acquired in December of 2002."

See press release. I'll parse the earnings call for Sonic's operating figures ready for next week's newsletter. investigates the background to SCO's legal battle with IBM over Linux code ownership

Did you know that SCO bought Unix for just $36 million, but is now suing IBM for $1 billion? And it could get it; as Caldera it bought rights to a version of DOS and then sued Microsoft and won! SCO execs have a vulture capital track record - read more at

Seagull adds JCA support to its legacy adapters

LegaSuite’s Host Integration Accelerator for Sun ONE Application Server 7 is a fully compliant JCA resource adapter to connect new J2EE technology with enterprise legacy systems, "providing a fast path for robust integration of legacy functionality with open architectures." As a JCA resource adapter, LegaSuite "simplifies and accelerates host integration, exposing legacy business functions as a common API and set of services within a J2EE environment."

See messageQ and Features and Benefits.

Yet another adapter vendor adopts JCA - it seems pretty much an indispensible part of the armoury.

SpiritSoft ships SpiritWave ESB Server Version 6.0 and SpiritCache 3.0

SpiritWave 6.0 includes:
  • Global Delivery with Multiple Clusters - a highly available and scalable architecture offeribg fault tolerance and recovery
  • Guaranteed Delivery - including no loss of message flow during maintenance, and automated cluster recovery for global messaging networks
  • Non-Blocking Input/Output - optionally using J2SE 1.4 facilities - to support large numbers of clients
  • Embedded Web Engine to support message processing
  • JMX Management Tools

SpiritCache 3.0 includes:

  • seamless integration with WebsphereMQ (MQSeries) messaging as well as with JMS.
  • metwork traffic shaping - distrubuting data efficiently and minimizing network traffic
  • pluggable authentication and encryption - including SSL
  • support for optimistic and pessimistic locking
  • JMX management
The ESB functionality comprises a mix of JBoss and Cape Clear components built around the core SpiritWave Message Server.

See SpiritWave announcement, SpiritCache announcement and a summary at messageQ.

Striva wins Investors' Choice award at Enterprise Outlook 2003

Investor’s Choice honorees were selected from the 74 privately held companies that presented their business plans at the conference. The awards were based on voting by the audience of 400 entrepreneurs, investors, and industry executives, as well as by a panel of experts.

Having completed another year of triple-digit growth, Striva is making a major push in the areas of product development and partner joint marketing. Striva has built successful partnerships with companies such as IBM, Informatica and Business Objects while continuing to enhance its award-winning data integration technology.

See release.

WebMethods welcomes Core Developers Network

WebMethods - which has already embedded the JBoss application server into its architecture - is clearly welcoming some competition in the provision of support and training to JBoss users and partners. See press release.

Web services better for users than investors, says Deutsche Bank

While Web services offer tangible benefits and ROI to customers, analysts say investors may find it harder to profit from the technology, especially as it eats into and commoditizes the traditional bread and butter markets of IT consultancies and systems integrators. See

No surprises there - I've been saying as much for the last 18 months. Web services were commoditised even before they hit the customer...

Dissenting voice - might XML have problems?

This article from, syndicated in The Register, asks whether XML's bulk (combined with DTD schemas, XSLT transformations) could overwhelm processing nodes.

Personally, I think he over-eggs his case; there are some fair points about the benefits of XML and SSL accelerators, but the article is let down by some simple exaggerations like "you have to parse the whole document" and (I paraphrase) "for every XML document, you'll have to transmit XSLT and DTD files". Cobblers!

In fact, it may be at least as important to offer a guaranteed and predictable level of service for XML based web services traffic, using internet traffic management from something like CatchFIRE's FireNODE appliance, as to actually accelerate the content.

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