Network Director - Enterprise SOA Management

Leading global enterprises are adopting a service-oriented architecture (SOA) approach as the means to unify today’s heterogeneous IT systems, while encouraging IT asset reuse and enterprise agility at lower cost.

Network Director™ is infrastructure software that enterprises use to create services networks that allow IT to empower, rather than limit, business agility by enabling the sharing and mass consumption of services. A services networking approach is the best way to realize the benefits of the SOA approach to systems design because it:

  • Enables the rapid construction of service-oriented applications and the integration of disparate systems
  • Provides the ability to connect to business partners by leveraging the same basic set of infrastructure

Using Network Director, organizations can rapidly build and deploy IT systems that are designed for change. This means reduced IT fragility and lowered operational costs through shared services that deliver maximum reach.

Services networks built using Network Director:

  • Facilitate rapid, easy service sharing
  • Are reliable and secure
  • Mediate incompatibilities across real world, heterogeneous IT environments
  • Preserve and leverage investments by coexisting and cooperating with existing infrastructure (for example, ESB-based solutions)
  • Scale as business needs require

Network Director delivers enterprise SOA management through its intermediaries (agents and proxies) and delegates (client SDKs and handlers) leveraging the central policy and performance management capabilities provided by the Service Manager™.

Network Director enables enterprises to create global-scale services networks with the following unique capabilities:

  • Security - Network Director enforces and implements central security policies defined by Service Manager
  • Mediation - Network Director Management Points enable seamless communication within SOA-based solutions. Network Director provides mediation capabilities in a number of areas, including:
    • Syntactic mediation (for example, translating SOAP 1.1 to 1.2)
    • Transport protocol mediation (for example, bridging HTTP to JMS)
    • Message exchange pattern (MEP) mediation (for example, bridging asynchronous to synchronous messages)
  • Reliable Messaging - Network Director’s standards-based approach, based on WS-ReliableMessaging, adds reliability to messaging
  • Location Transparency - Network Director’s ability to virtualize services gives IT the ability to manage the service endpoint location without impacting the Web service consumers’ use of the service
  • Policy Abstraction - Network Director’s Contracts and Registry functionality separates infrastructure function from business logic
  • Vendor Neutrality - Network Director supports a wide range of products and technologies including numerous commercial and open source application server implementations, and provides customers with an open platform approach to building, managing, and deploying SOA-based solutions