Digital EvolutionTM Delivers Identity-Based Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Management Platform
Digital Evolution delivers the first enterprise class SOA through its unique identity-based approach to SOA management that leverages existing investments in identity management systems.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. July 21st – Digital EvolutionTM, a leading provider of Web Services Security and Management software, today announced the availability of its comprehensive identity-based SOA management platform.
Unlike other existing Web Services Management offerings, Digital Evolution’s identity-based SOA management platform provides multiple native integration points throughout their management architecture that can connect to identity management systems such as those from IBM and Netegrity. By coupling SOA management with identity and access management, Digital Evolution is helping deliver on the promise of an “enterprise class” secure and scalable SOA.
Early theoretical explorations of modern loosely-coupled, distributed services lacked the ability to handle truly heterogeneous, complex environments. Large enterprises that are exposing and deploying Web services outside the firewall to customers and partners are now recognizing that existing identity management capabilities need to become a cornerstone of Service-Oriented Architectures. With the latest release of the Digital Evolution Service Manager, organizations can leverage their existing identity management systems to provide a combination of user, role, application and service identities to maximize the full value of an SOA.
Traditional Web services and SOA Management solutions typically provide separate security and management capabilities. While offering simple connectivity to identity management software, they fail to leverage identity back into the management functions themselves. This failure leads to an inability to deliver essential data and functionality to enterprises looking to scale beyond basic Web services projects to enterprise-class SOA.
Unlike other products on the market, the Digital Evolution Service Manager can leverage both IBM and Netegrity’s identity management systems to deliver complete identity-centric audit trails.
“Identity is the key to managing SOAs,” says James Kobielus, senior analyst at Burton Group. “In an SOA, every user, service, and application has an identity, and every identity has security, performance, and other policies associated with it. Organizations that deploy SOAs must ensure thorough, standards-based integration of their identity management (IdM) and Web service management (WSM) environments.”
Effective Identity-based SOA management integrates the concept of identity with all management functions, including SLAs, auditing, billing and service provisioning. As an enterprise scales its use of services, these capabilities become an essential part of the definition of effective governance for key operations ranging from service quality and monitoring to regulatory compliance.
For instance, the new offering enables the ability to provision access to, and performance levels of, a service according to the user and application accessing it.
Importantly, Digital Evolution’s unique identity-based approach introduces the concept of “application identity” that is a fundamental ingredient of service provisioning, protection, and management.
“Identity-based SOA Management is rapidly becoming part of the definition of enterprise-class SOA,” said Eric Pulier, Founder and Chairman of Digital Evolution. “As SOA moves from theory to practice, organizations need to manage their centralized services infrastructure. This means integrating identity into service governance, SLA monitoring, and regulatory compliance.”
Digital Evolution’s identity-based SOA management solution integrates with IBM’s Tivoli Access Manager, which can help simplify security management by enabling consistent security policy definition and enforcement in a SOA.
Digital Evolution has deployed identity-based SOA Management solutions in the most demanding of environments. In one example, a Fortune 500 company in a publicly regulated industry, Digital Evolution exploited its integration solution with Netegrity SiteMinder and TransactionMinder to implement powerful single-sign-on between a Web portal and backend mainframe Web services.
“Digital Evolution’s Service Manager delivers unique identity-based SOA management capabilities,” said Amit Jasuja, Netegrity’s Vice President of Product Management. “Combining Digital Evolution’s SOA Management capabilities with Netegrity’s identity and access management products like SiteMinder and TransactionMinder provides a complete security and management solution for scalable SOAs.”
About Digital Evolution
Founded in 1998, Digital Evolution is a leading provider of Web Services Management and Security solutions. The company’s products and services provide organizations with the ability to take advantage of XML and Web Services in distributed computing environments while ensuring the performance, efficiency and security of an enterprise Web services infrastructure. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Digital Evolution’s customer roster includes Global 2000 companies such as Farmer’s Insurance, Mercury Insurance, Nissan North America and Zenith Insurance. For more information, please visit www.soa.com.