SOA Software’s Atmosphere To Unify SOA, Cloud Governance

SOA Software is creating a unified approach to SOA-cloud governance called Atmosphere, which should let IT professionals trying to tie together SOA and cloud projects breathe easier.  Atmosphere products will start to roll out early in 2010, company officials said.

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SOA Software is creating a unified approach to SOA-cloud governance called Atmosphere, which should let IT professionals trying to tie together SOA and cloud projects breathe easier.  Atmosphere products will start to roll out early in 2010, company officials said.

 

SOA Software’s Atmosphere products are designed to help companies realize the enormous cost and agility benefits possible with the combination of SOA and Cloud services governance.

Atmosphere’s integrated set of products effectively implement, enforce and audit common policies through the various stages of the lifecycle and through process, service and cloud service platforms.  This will allow cloud service platforms to automatically scale based on the SLAs and measured performance of the services and processes, SOA Software officials said.

igoldsmith_01“We’re designing Atmosphere to provide customers a new level of automated governance for SOA and cloud services they’ll find valuable throughout any project lifecycle, including key steps of planning, development and live operations,”  Ian Goldsmith, SOA Software’s  vice president, product management told Integration Developer News. 

“Before customers can tap into the many benefits of cloud, they’d like to be able to automate and integrate governance, compliance and visibility of their cloud and SOA services end-to-end, and  without creating separate silos,” Goldsmith added. “Atmosphere will do all that, and offer many automated features.  We’ll even offer a ‘closed-loop,’ to let them access automated reporting and root causes analysis to keep  [services] running as they should,” Goldsmith added.

 

Analysts Support Atmosphere’s Vision for Unified, Automated SOA-Cloud Governance
SOA Software’s vision for Atmosphere is an integrated product set to implement, enforce and audit common policies, and to better enable cloud service platforms to automatically scale based on the SLAs and measured performance of the services and processes.

One leading analyst says SOA Software’s unified governance efforts are on right on track for enterprises.

“Governing the interactions between consumers and service providers will be a mandate for any company using Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or other cloud services and offerings,” said Daryl Plummer, Managing VP & Gartner Fellow at Gartner in a statement. “The more you increase your dependence on cloud services, the more you will need to establish and implement your required degree of trust between the consumers and providers of the service. It will not be a “one size fits all” determination.”

Atmosphere Roadmap for SOA-Cloud Lifecycle Governance
SOA Software’s Goldsmith said Atmosphere Broker will be the first offering to ship.  Atmosphere Broker is a “cloud services broker” designed to provide a wide array of service governance capabilities including visibility, management, monitoring, measurement, provisioning, validation, and reporting for cloud services. Atmosphere Broker includes advanced registry/repository, policy validation, management, security and reporting capabilities.

Notably, SOA Software’s Atmosphere Broker can be deployed in a number of ways:

  • in the Enterprise at the service consumer,
  • in the Cloud at the service provider, or
  • as part of an “independent cloud service brokerage,” to govern access, performance, delivery of cloud services.


How SOA Software’s Atmosphere Will Unify SOA-Cloud Governance

Planning Stage:
Integrate other initiatives such as legacy modernization and a move to leverage open source into the overall planning process

Consolidate reporting into a single dashboard reflecting the combined state of each Enterprise Service across all the strategic initiatives

Drive the adoption of multiple disruptive technologies at the same time with an automated, predetermined process built into a single, consolidated development repository
Development Stage:
Automate development process governance to align with strategic initiatives

Understand dependencies between Business Processes, Services and Cloud service platforms

Provide visibility and management of a complex SDLC across multiple development teams, actors, and disciplines, for example, require application teams to submit appropriate service candidates before approving a business process design

Operations Stage:
Enable component services to automatically inherit the SLA of the overall business process and use it to drive the performance profile of cloud platforms

Ensure that running services, and the infrastructure running them, comply with policies identified for applications and business processes during the planning process

Enhance the tasks supporting Root Cause Analysis across the enterprise landscape

Provide automation of service SLAs & Capacity Management

 

“Atmosphere products will help our customers and partners realize the enormous benefits offered by the combination of SOA and Cloud Computing,” said Paul Gigg, president and chief executive officer of SOA Software. “SOA Software, already acknowledged by Gartner as a leader in integrated SOA governance, is uniquely positioned to deliver unified SOA and cloud services governance.”




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