Actional Corporation, the Web services management market-share leader, announced the general availability of Actional for Microsoft, a new version of its award-winning Web services management solutions developed using the Microsoft .NET Framework, specifically for Windows environments. As a result, organizations now have the most robust end-to-end solution to design, manage, adapt and scale enterprise-class Web services, allowing them to enjoy the cost and flexibility benefits of a service-oriented architecture (SOA) while leveraging the power and scalability of the Microsoft Windows platform.

Actional for Microsoft, which is plug- and-play compatible with all other versions of the Actional Web services management platform, includes:

  • Actional SOAPstation for Microsoft, Actional's powerful Web service broker designed for deployment on the Microsoft .NET Framework;
  • Actional Looking Glass Server for Microsoft, Actional's service network management and policy server and consoles, optimized to run on the Microsoft .NET Framework;
  • A set of Actional Active Agents to monitor and manage Web service activity across Windows deployment environments. The Actional Active Agent for .NET, which has been available since March 2003, is now being expanded to support Microsoft's Web Services Enhancements for .NET (WSE) with plans to support the new Windows communications technologies, code-named "Indigo." In addition, Actional is offering the Actional Active Agent for Microsoft BizTalk Server (part of the Windows Server System).
  • Actional Controls for Visual Studio .NET, enabling developers to build applications that are responsive to conditions in their overall service network

"With the release of Actional for Microsoft, Actional has significantly enhanced the management capabilities available to organizations that need to develop and deploy business-critical Web services on the Microsoft .NET Framework," said Jason Bloomberg, senior analyst, ZapThink. "With specially developed tools for Visual Studio .NET developers, IT operations, IT planners, and business IT users, Actional offers a smart, unique approach to service-oriented management."
Additionally, the Actional for Microsoft line of products includes the previously announced Actional Web Services Management Pack and Looking Glass MOM Connector, which complement and extend the systems management capabilities of Microsoft Operations Manager with Web services instrumentation and active control.

The Actional SOAPstation Web service broker is the industry's performance and functionality leader, delivering service life-cycle management, fine-grained access control; robust and configurable logging, alerting, auditing and reporting; service provisioning; and the ability to apply user-defined in-flight message processing policy. SOAPstation for Microsoft deploys as a native application and supports the Microsoft .NET Framework.

Actional Looking Glass for Microsoft deploys on the Microsoft .NET Framework and, as a native application, directly leverages its security, management, and performance features. Actional Looking Glass delivers end-to-end management of a service-oriented application environment, allowing administrators to quickly identify service-level interdependencies, understand service-level performance characteristics and deviations, isolate root causes of failures and problems, and take corrective action across the service network.

Actional's patent-pending Active Agent technology will be delivered in a collection of Active Agent offerings covering the entire family of Microsoft deployment environments. These products enable run-time monitoring and unified control of service behavior. In concert with Actional Looking Glass, they are the market's only solution for true end-to-end management of a service-oriented application environment even when complex, indirect application interdependencies exist.

Actional Controls for Visual Studio .NET enable a developer to easily and efficiently build .NET Framework-based applications that are sensitive and responsive to the service-oriented environment in which they are deployed – improving application reliability and performance. Through control-exposed Web methods and events, Visual Studio .NET applications can query for run- time service performance and utilization state and receive notifications on the occurrence of relevant run-time events. This information can be used to shape application behavior. For example, an application that is notified it is failing to meet service level agreements for an important class of customer, may queue and delay service request processing for all customers outside the priority class. Other Actional controls enable Visual Studio .NET applications to leverage the Actional service-oriented management platform for monitoring, logging and alerting.

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