BEA Tightens Ties Between SOA Design, Run Times

BEA Systems has release upgrades and tightened integration between WebLogic Integration (WLI) and AquaLogic Service Bus (ALSB), making t easier for developers to design, test and deploy critical services-based solutions based on ESBs or a full Services-Oriented Architecture. IDN looks at the feature benefits to architecst and devs.

Tags: Integration, Design, BEA, Business, Support, Deployment, SOA,


By Vance McCarthy
BEA Systems has release upgrades to WebLogic Integration (WLI) and AquaLogic Service Bus (ALSB), making t easier for developers to design, test and deploy critical services-based solutions based on ESBs or a full Services-Oriented Architecture.

Further, BEA has supplemented tie-ins between the two products, providing IT a more unified view of IT and business resources that go into the mission-critical design of services for an ESB or SOA.

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Notably, BEA is bundling and making available for the first time WebLogic Integration with BEA AquaLogic Service Bus. The combined offering, dubbed BEA AquaLogic Integrator, the combined offering will provide service-enabled process integration and service mediation in one package.

"Tying together the views of architecture and business resources helps not only with design and deployment, but also with manageability," said Kelly Emo, BEA product marketing director. ALSB 6.2 also brings integration with many UDDIv3-compliant service registries, allowing the bus to automatically update with changes.

BEA's WebLogic Integration v9.2 upgrade features:
  • An Eclipse-based development environment for ease of design and developer productivity;
  • Controls that are compliant with the Apache Beehive project;
  • Java annotations based on JSR-175 for standards-based code generation;
  • Improved design-time experience, performance and usability for processes that span human and system resources; and
  • New Worklist module with a drag-and-drop design environment, forms-based test console, and out-of-the-box portlets for user interaction to enable powerful exception management in fine-grained processes.


  • BEA's ALSB 2.6 upgrade adds features to expand connectivity and enhance messaging, provisioning, configuration and deployment flexibility:
  • The ability to invoke a database lookup directly from ALSB to support message enrichment and validation scenarios;
  • New features for customizing configuration scenarios and automating deployment including design-time APIs for configuration actions, support for rules-based deployments and support for much more extensive list of environment variables;
  • Support for SOAP 1.2; and
  • Support for UDDI v3 automated import of business services to ensure that changes made in a business service registry, such as BEA AquaLogic Service Registry, are immediately reflected in the Service Bus.


  • The products are part of BEA's Enterprise Integration Portfolio, and its SOA 360 platform.







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