Cape Clear Software Inc announced version 7.0 of its Enterprise Service Bus or ESB Platform, claiming it enables ‘on-demand integration’ thanks to its scalability, reliability and fast time-to-market.
The firm’s executive vice president of products, David Clarke, told Computer Business Review that although the software cannot be delivered in a hosted fashion a la software as a service (SaaS), it has been deployed by many SaaS providers such as Workday, Mr Ted, Right Now Technologies, salesforce.com and McKee.
Cape Clear’s integration software has also been used for video-on-demand (Channel 4 and Cisco) and services on-demand (MessageLabs and JP Morgan).
We see more and more use cases where our software is being used to enable on-demand integration to and from those [SaaS] applications, said Clarke. He insisted that there are many aspects of standard integration that are shared in the SaaS world.
Specifically, he said scalability, mission critical reliability, ease-of-use and fast time-to-market are requirements of on-demand and indeed most other integration projects.
By way of proving its scalability, the firm pointed to Intel benchmark tests that saw its ESB 7.0 Platform achieve 37 million transactions per day and 5 million active instances, on an 8-way Xeon cluster.
Asked whether the results imply that the firm’s ESB can be used for any integration challenge regardless of the scalability requirements, Clarke said: The primary purpose of BPEL [business process execution language] is to build business process orchestrations, not to do simple, very high load transaction integrations like a stock ticker application.
But he said that, What is key is the scalability, reliability and recoverability of the entire process, whether the messaging itself is JMS or HTTP. What the benchmarks show is that BPEL is ready for prime time beyond any doubt.
Clarke said that unlike rivals such as IBM, Oracle and BEA, it has no intention of building out what some might call an SOA suite. We think the whole attempt to define an SOA stack is at risk of over-complexity, he said. SOA risks becoming a dinosaur with some of those approaches, having failed due to its own complexity.
The idea of the SOA stack is dead or dying, said Clarke. It’s absolutely not our intention to come out with one.
What the company does have within its ESB Platform 7.0 are the essential ingredients of a standard ESB: transport, routing, transformation, mediation, quality of service, security and standards support; as well as above that having business activity monitoring or BAM; BPEL orchestration; and sevice enablement through connectivity, adapters and service hosting. Cape Clear embedded Systar’s BAM into its platform last November.
Cape Clear’s Clarke also took the opportunity to criticize certain rival ESB clustering architectures. He said that Cape Clear ESB Platform 7.0 routes the message to the member of the cluster currently handling that BPEL instance, whereas the competitors send the message to all members of the cluster, which means storing the BPEL instance in the database, and in turn adds to latency.
Clarke said that the privately held firm is breaking even. It took on $15m in VC funding last April.