Systinet upgrades Web services platform

Web services development and deployment platform vendor Systinet on Monday plans to formally announce an upgrade of its WASP (Web Applications and Services Platform) suite, featuring tighter integration with the Microsoft Corp. .Net platform as well as new UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery and Integration) support.

Also included in the upgrade are enhancements for securing C++ applications in Web services environments.

To enable interoperability between .Net and Java environments, WASP 4.5 allows seamless translation of complex data types, such as collections and arrays, between these two environments, according to Systinet.

"What [customers] really want is [for] Java and .Net to get along well in the sandbox together," said Charlie Ungashick, senior director of product marketing at Systinet, in Bedford, Mass.

Also featured in version 4.5 is support for SOAP attachments over DIME (Direct Internet Message Encapsulation), a faster way of sending attachments, Systinet said. Additionally, version 4.5 supports integration with Microsoft Active Directory and Kerberos via Web services. Users can be authenticated against Active Directory, and Kerberos technology enables user logons to Windows to be reused by WASP, eliminating the need to log in again to new Web pages.

Version 4.5 supports version 3 of the UDDI standard, enabling clients to subscribe to a Web service and receive automatic notifications of changes to that service.

The WASP Server for C++ product in the WASP suite features a new security framework, offering SSL Client Authentication, SSL encryption and HTTP Basic Authentication. WASP Server for C++ is a Web services runtime for adding Web services capabilities to existing C and C++ applications.

The WASP Developer tools product in the suite supports the latest versions of popular Java IDEs and has streamlined APIs to simplify the Web service development process, according to Systinet.

The 4.5 releases of WASP Server for C++ and WASP UDDI are available immediately. Beta versions of WASP Server for Java, WASP Developer, and WASP OEM Edition will be available in December, with full release scheduled for January 2003, the company said.

WASP products are free for development and test. WASP Developer is free for commercial use.

WASP Server for C++ and WASP Server for Java, which are SOAP runtimes products, are free for single-CPU deployments and cost per CPU after that is US$2,000. WASP UDDI is $10,000 per CPU, Systinet said.

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