Grand Central boosts Web services network

Grand Central Communications Inc. on Tuesday announced enhancements to its Web Services Network business-to-business communications service, boosting tools support and security.

Enhancements leverage WDSL (Web Services Description Language) to provide integration capabilities when using major development platforms such as those from BEA, Microsoft, or IBM, according Grand Central. Security has been enhanced and an exceptions reporting feature has been added for managing inter-enterprise integrations.

Grand Central's Web Services Network is a subscription-based service that provides a secure conduit for Web-based business-to-business communications. Datacenters connect users to the Internet. "[Web Services Network] provides a complete integration solution for businesses to integrate with their partners," said Craig Donato, CEO of Grand Central, in San Francisco.

Through integration with major Web services development platforms, developers can have out-of-the-box integration with Grand Central's network.

"Developers who are familiar with Visual Studio.Net and perhaps Visual Basic or BEA WebLogic Server can use the capabilities of Grand Central without having to learn any new technologies or approaches to integration," said Adam Gross, a Grand Central vice president.

Grand Central also has improved its support of Verisign security certificates, enabling servers to communicate via a single certificate.

A new exception alerts feature enables parties to be notified of problems or errors in their business processes to hasten resolution.

Grand Central's service costs US$150,000 a year for 50 "relationship licenses," with a connection to each partner consuming one license. In addition to browsers, Grand Central also supports older interfaces such as ftp (file transfer protocol).

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