AmberPoint, a leading provider of service-oriented architecture (SOA) management software, announced significant enhancements to its SOA Management System. With its latest release, AmberPoint has extended both the breadth and depth of its management capabilities through expansive integration with security solutions and additional platform support. The new version of AmberPoint also introduces two industry firsts: a Service Scorecard and "first-mile" visibility and policy enforcement. \
"SOA is all about reach," said Mike Thompson, principal research analyst of leading analyst firm, Butler Group. "Organizations implementing SOA must be able to oversee and control any variety of application components that are loosely coupled across a broad spectrum of infrastructure. The breadth of AmberPoint's support is crucial to successful monitoring and management of distributed services-based systems."
With the new release of its management product, AmberPoint introduces an agent that automatically enforces policies on the client side. For example, if a service requires encryption, the client-side agent will encrypt messages before sending them. This saves developers from the responsibility of implementing management logic on clients.
The new version of AmberPoint dynamically adapts to system changes. If a policy is updated on the service, the new policy is automatically downloaded to and enforced at the client. The system is able to resolve changes to endpoints as well. The client-side agent automatically finds the latest service endpoints in the registry and dynamically routes messages to that up-to-date endpoint.
The client-side agent also allows organizations to monitor system health and performance from the perspective of the client, enabling operations staff to better understand such issues as network lag.
- Reduced costs as a result of saving developers from the task of implementing management logic to clients.
- Greater system agility from insulating clients from changes to management and security policies, precluding the coding and recoding of clients.
- Deeper understanding of system performance from the perspective of service consumers.
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