Cape Clear takes wraps off Web services suite

Cape Clear Software Inc. on Tuesday released an improved version of its integrated product suite that is intended to make it easier for developers to create, deploy, and manage Web services.

Responding to demands made by users, Cape Clear 4, previously called G4, the new suite contains a number of new features including beefed up security, support for JMS and MQ-based Web services, a new Web services management function, and improved developer productivity and testing capabilities.

The suite is made up of three integrated products including Studio, which provides the development environment for designing and developing Web services; Server, which supplies the technology for integrating Web services with a range of different servers running Java, .Net, and WebSphere MQ; and Manager, which offers tools to control the configuration, deployment, and security of larger scale Web services deployments.

Cape Clear officials claim the company has scored wins over several of its competitors including IBM and WebMethods because their products tightly adhered to standards, were easier to use, and cost less.

"I think we are in a good position to continue this success over the next 12 months as firms look for tangible returns from their IT investments. 2003 will be the year that Web services become the first truly open application integration standard," said Annrai O'Toole, CEO of Cape Clear.

Some users said they have had positive results, particularly in the area of Web services, which were created and deployed using the company's products.

"Our business is about delivering the latest information on financial fundsthroughout Europe," said Conor Smyth, CTO at MoneyMate. "Cape Clear's products have helped us deliver that data as Web services, which adds a lot of extra value to our customers. They tell us they can now integrate that data with their internal systems quicker and more easily,"Available immediately, versions of Cape Clear work with Windows, Linux, and Solaris. Pricing for the suite starts at US$10,000 per server.

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