Web services get third-party support

As the major vendors keep pushing their Web services strategies, third parties continue emerging and offering complementary technologies.

On Tuesday, Grand Central Networks Inc., in San Francisco, launched its service to enable companies to partner for online business transactions, according to President and CEO Craig Donato.

Donato added that Grand Central aims to fill in the holes left by Sun Microsystems Inc., IBM Corp., and BEA Systems Inc. in their application server-based Web services offerings.

Grand Central's service consists of three layers: reliable messaging, service management or orchestration, and discovery services.

Donato added that the focus of Grand Central's services is integration of systems as well as applications.

Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft Corp. on Monday aimed to spread the message that its XML Web services and .NET initiatives focus on integration as well.

Grand Central's service -- which the company is calling a functionally complete developer release -- goes live on Tuesday. The commercial version will be available in the third quarter.

Wily Technologies earlier this month at Sun's JavaOne developer conference in San Francisco announced Version 2.6 of its monitoring and measuring software for EJBs (Enterprise JavaBeans).

The ability to monitor EJBs makes Wily's software a natural fit for Web services, according to Vic Nyman, vice president of marketing for Burlingame, Calif.-based Wily.

"We can go in and monitor Web services," Nyman said. "One of our future steps [will be] to make slight changes that make it easier to do that for Web services."

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