Sun readies UDDI offering

Sun Microsystems is preparing within a few months to launch a server-based product for setting up UDDI registries for publishing Web services, according to Sun officials.

UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration) is an industry standard for development of Web services registries, to be deployed either privately within company firewalls or publicly.

"The purpose of the product would be, I would assume, to support the use of registries within a private company, within a company's firewall, or within a set of trusted partners," said Suzy Struble, manager of XML Web services for Palo Alto, Calif.-based Sun. The product, however, is "certainly something that could [also] be deployed in a public manner," added Struble, who is a Sun delegate to uddi.org, which is steering development of the UDDI standard.

The UDDI effort will be part of the Sun ONE (Open Net Environment) software initiative and will be important to an upcoming revision of a Sun ONE-based product, according to a Sun representative. Sun recently re-branded several software product lines under the Sun ONE umbrella, including its iPlanet offerings, which feature software such as Web and portal servers.

Sun with its UDDI and Web services efforts may be getting a bit ahead of the market, according to one analyst.

"It's not all clear to me that end-user organizations plan to adopt this software [approach] immediately," said analyst Dan Kusnetzky, vice president of systems software research at Framingham, Mass.-based IDC, an InfoWorld affiliate. It is unlikely that enterprises will uproot existing application infrastructures to replace them with Web services platforms, Kusnetzky said.

"I think what is the more likely scenario is people, when building something new, will consider the approaches put forward by vendors such as Sun," said Kusnetzky.

In planning its UDDI product, Sun is providing a "proof point" for its Web services architecture, Kusnetzky said.

Sun has no plans to set up a UDDI node for registering publicly available Web services, as some other vendors have done, according to Struble.

"At this point, we just don't see the business value in doing that. That could change," Struble said.

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