Cape Clear Software Delivers World's First Enterprise Service Bus with Native BPEL Technology

WALTHAM, Mass., December 9, 2004 - Cape Clear Software today announced the latest release of its Enterprise Service Bus (ESB): Cape Clear 6. This release unifies a complete Web services-based integration platform with full support for creating, deploying, and managing business processes using the Business Process Execution Language (BPEL4WS) 1.1 standard. Cape Clear 6 also introduces support for WS-ReliableMessaging, enabling guaranteed messaging over the Internet, and sophisticated service-oriented integration for large-scale databases.

The ESB is a lightweight, service-oriented integration platform built on XML and Web services standards. It enables the rapid integration of applications and data, and simplifies the creation and management of business processes from those integrated systems.

"Contrary to popular vendor opinion, the Enterprise Service Bus isn't about building a better integration mousetrap. It's about changing the cost, complexity, and potential of traditional integration," commented Annrai O'Toole, CEO at Cape Clear Software. "The ESB promotes a service-oriented approach. In other words, integration begins by understanding what services the business needs to offer to both internal and external customers. Rather than starting with the technology, we start with the business service. With the addition of BPEL, those services can now be quickly tied together to map onto your organization's actual business processes. That's not a better mousetrap-that's a move towards aligning IT with the core business objectives of the organization."

"An enterprise service bus is software infrastructure that enables service-oriented architecture by acting as an intermediary layer of middleware through which a set of reusable business services are made widely available," according to Mike Gilpin, vice president at Forrester Research. "An ESB helps enterprises obtain the value of SOA by increasing connectivity, adding flexibility that speeds change, and providing greater control over use of the important resources it binds... Any enterprise looking to implement SOA should evaluate what form of ESB would be required, and begin to take the initial steps to exploit this key emerging technology."(What Is An Enterprise Service Bus?, Forrester Research, Inc., August 2004)

Key New Features of Cape Clear 6

  • Fast Creation of Standards-Based Business Processes: Cape Clear 6 includes an Eclipse-based graphical environment for creating business processes using the BPEL language. The product has been fully tested with an extensive beta program, which included over 20 organizations worldwide. The tool includes a range of wizards that step users through building new processes and enables the rapid orchestration of existing Web services.

  • Powerful BPEL Deployment Server: Cape Clear 6 includes a fully featured native BPEL 1.1 engine that supports the rapid deployment of business processes and includes the full range of qualities of service for long-running and asynchronous business processes.

  • Business Activity Monitoring: Cape Clear 6 provides a graphical environment for monitoring and controlling deployed business flows. This includes support for fault handling and event handling, and configurable business rules based on the content of message flow in the process.

  • Full Support for WS-ReliableMessaging: Organizations can now deploy business-critical transactions over the Internet using the WS-ReliableMessaging specification. WS-RM support means that guaranteed (at-most-once, at-least-once, and exactly once) messaging is now possible over HTTP. Cape Clear 6 also supports a variety of other transports including JMS, SMTP, HTTPS, and FTP.

  • Extended Database Integration: Cape Clear 6 extends its existing support for enterprise databases and simplifies the integration of those databases into Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs), by automating the creation of Web services from multiple tables in any database. This enables the rapid integration of that data with other services inside or outside the corporate network.

Cape Clear 6 is a complete Enterprise Service Bus, consisting of five tightly integrated products:

  • Cape Clear Studio: A development tool for the creation and integration of services.

  • Cape Clear Data Interchange: A graphical environment for the real-time integration of XML and non-XML documents, including spreadsheets, schema, and text files.

  • Cape Clear Server: A fully featured integration server.

  • Cape Clear Manager: A Web-based services management console. Cape Clear also provides out-of-the-box integration with all the major enterprise management platforms.

  • Cape Clear Orchestrator: A new addition to Cape Clear 6, it provides a full suite of tools that enable the rapid creation, deployment, and management of business processes based on the BPEL standard.

Availability

Cape Clear 6 will be available in January 2005 on IBM AIX, Linux, Microsoft Windows 2000/XP, and Sun Solaris. More information on Cape Clear 6 is available online at: http://www.capeclear.com/products/.

About Cape Clear Software

Cape Clear Software (http://www.capeclear.com) has one focus: simplifying business integration. Cape Clear Software provides a fully featured Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) that enables organizations to integrate their internal applications and data, connect with their customers, and link with their partners using SOA and Web services.