IBM acquires Gluecode Software and OASIS WS-Reliable Exchange
Today, IBM acquired Gluecode Software. Gluecode develops open source application infrastructure software based on Apache Geronimo, the open source Web application server platform. This acquistion is another great example of IBM's commitment to open standards and open source software.
As James Snell mentioned a few days ago, IBM released new version of the ETTK For Web Services and Autonomic Computing (ETTK-WS). The ETTK-WS package makes use of open standards such as WS-Reliable Messaging (WS-RM) and WS-Distributed Management. Why is the use of open standards so important for Web Services products? Without using standards, products from different companies will be unable to communicate with each other - which defeats the primary value of Web Services in the first place. I realize that there are some competing specs in the WS-* space championed by different companies. For example, there is the WS-RM spec that IBM, Microsoft and others have backed. There is also a competing spec - WS-Reliability backed by other companies. Today, OASIS announced the formation of the new OASIS Web Services Reliable Exchange (WS-RX) Technical Committee. Hopefully, this TC will be able to work to converge the WS-RM and WS-Reliability specifications so that customers will not have to choose sides. It would be a win for everyone to use just one open standard for Reliable messaging.