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Beth Gold-Bernstein

Sun CAPS 6 Has the Right Vision

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On Monday, June 9th, Sun unveiled Java CAPS 6, the most significant release of Sun Java Composite Application Platform Suite in 5 years. Java CAPS 6 is a pluggable platform that relies extensively on Open Source components. Sun has made it easy to upgrade and provides backwards compatibility to previous versions (hmmm there's an idea. Sounds nothing like Vista upgrade I recently went through). Java CAPS 6 leverages previous investments in SeeBeyond ICAN and Java CAPS 5.1x, while providing new components and capabilities, as well as new ways of accessing those capabilities. The modular and open platform and no vendor lock-in is a direct result of Sun's collaboration with the open source communities.

The basic components of Java CAPS 6 include:
• Sun Java(TM) ESB Suite: Based on Open ESB and JBI.
• Intelligent Event Processor (IEP): Offers the ability to identify trends and patterns in real-time, enabling organizations to address critical business issues and take corrective actions proactively.
• Business Process Management: Supports BPEL 2, includes new high availability and failover features, and provides monitoring processes through integration with IEP.
• GlassFish(TM) and NetBeans (IDE) Software Support: Incorporates the GlassFish Enterprise Server, using interoperability with .NET and WSIT/Project Metro as well as the unified and pluggable NetBeans IDE software to provide greater control.

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As shown into the diagram, Sun's Master Data Management (MDM) suite can easily plug into the platform. While many integration and SOA platforms have incorporated messaging and ESBs as well as BPM for orchestration, the integration of MDM is fairly unique, and is ahead of the market in recognizing the central importance of MDM in distributed and federated SOA architectures. Other platforms have solved the translation and transformation data issues with proprietary mapping tools. The problem is, of course, vendor and platform lock-in. The open approach of putting an MDM Sun's MDM solution recognizes that master data management is a key component of managing data across platforms in an open platform independent manner. Sun also offers industry specific MDM solutions for customer, citizen, patient, and subscriber management, all of which can plug into the CAPS 6 platform.

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Sun's identity management solutions can also be plugged in easily. The modularity and extensibility of the platform makes it possible to use Java CAPS 6 for individual projects, using only the components that are necessary, then adding new capabilities as needed.

The Java CAPS 6 platform, ESB and MDM suites can be purchased on a subscription or perpetual licensing basis. Pricing depends on the type of license and the nature of support desired. In the future Sun expects to offer the platform as a service.

IMHO Sun seems to be right on with this vision. A pluggable open source platform that provides comprehensive services to build SOA solutions on is exactly what the market needs. The modularity of the platform ensures Sun can deliver this capability with over bloating the infrastructure. Organizations can consume just what they need, and the pricing policy supports that. I think they have the right vision. However, the vision is larger than composite application platform suite. This look more to me like a pluggable standards based infrastructure grid. While I think Sun has the right vision here, the name does not seem to do it justice.

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Beth Gold-Bernstein

Beth Gold-Bernstein is a recognized expert in integration technologies and SOA with over 20 years experience View more

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