Westbridge Technology, a leading provider of Web services management (WSM) and XML firewall enterprise solutions released the results of a comprehensive Web services usage survey indicating a strong demand among enterprises for solutions that feature integrated Web services management and security functionality.

The survey was hosted by an independent company that collected the data and provided statistics used in this report. Survey respondents came from a number of organizations, including Global 1000 corporations, public sector institutions and systems integrators.

"Our survey yielded some very encouraging results validating our long- standing beliefs that a number of very specific management and security features are paramount to organizations deploying Web services," said Tom Ryan, CEO of Westbridge Technology. "By offering the industry's leading integrated WSM and XML Firewall solution, Westbridge Technology is ideally positioned to service this critical market need."

"Enterprises that use Web services will demand security and management functionality in a single platform," said Ray Wagner, research director at Gartner. "As these two segments converge – and Web services security platform vendors disappear – enterprises increasingly will demand that web services management platforms deliver strong security functionality."

There was little surprise as to the interest level in Web services by survey respondents. While 44 percent of respondents are still researching Web Services, 37 percent already have Web Services in production. Another 26 percent of respondents say they are either planning to deploy in six months or are already running proof-of-concept projects.

While most of the respondents are using Web services internally (70 percent), 48 percent plan to use Web services externally, indicating that the use of XML firewalls to secure Web services is providing confidence to these corporations.

Survey respondents reported using Web services to solve a variety of problems. enterprise application integration (EAI), business-to-business (B2B), straight-through processing (STP), SOA and component-based development were all popular reasons for using Web services. While SOA has yet to be accepted as a commonly used term, 76 percent of respondents who were familiar with the term are moving to an SOA. Only 24 percent said they were not currently moving to an SOA environment.

Survey respondents noted that Web services traffic in their organization was generated by several different technologies. .NET continues to be the most popular tool for Web services generation. Forty-three percent of respondents have Web Services traffic generated by .NET tools. Java was a close second with 35 percent. Thirty-nine percent of respondents have Web services traffic is generated by a combination of packaged applications, desktop applications (like Microsoft Excel) and mainframe legacy systems.

According to survey respondents, many of the new standards such as UDDI, WS- Security, XML Encryption, XML Signature, SAML, WS-I and XACML are infrequently used, most likely due to the immaturity of the standards. These technologies however were on the roadmaps of many respondents, indicating today's immaturity in standards and the lack of resources to support new and evolving standards. /

Fifty-eight percent of respondents indicated they are evaluating or will evaluate XML firewall solutions within the next 12 months. In addition, and perhaps not coincidentally, 58 percent are also examining WSM solutions.

Of the respondents who had a preference, 84 percent preferred a combined XML firewall and WSM product. Only 16 percent said that they would not prefer such a combination. /

For more information or to obtain a copy of the survey and the detailed results, please visit www.westbridgetech.com/registerP.jsp?c=210.

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