I had the pleasure last week of spending some time with Ophir Ronen, CTO Singlestep Technologies, in our New York office. At one point our conversation turned to the relationship and importance of AC to SOA. Since people often ask what is SOA and how does AC support SOA I thought this would be a good subject for this week's AC blog...
A service-oriented architecture(SOA) is a set of services that 'communicate' by leveraging Web Services protocols. Adopting SOA frees a company from the traditional tightly coupled approach of closely integrated applications. Companies embracing SOA are able to migrate to a model of application producers (which provide services) and application consumers (which consume services). By doing so, they become much more agile in the creation, deployment and modification of their business processes.
IBM, with our adoption of SOA, commitment to Web Services, and industry leading Autonomic Computing initiative, is helping the Internet community to shape and transform the next generation IT architecture. AC architecture is geared towards the SOA environment - the AC distributed model of autonomic managers and managed resources is built using open standards and Web Services architecture. With the freedom of the loosely coupled components, using AC (self configuring, self healing, self optimizing, and self protecting) technology to manage the components and act upon problems autonomically becomes critical path for managing the complexity of a company's SOA.
Managing the complexity of a company's SOA
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