Flamenco tunes Web services mgmt. software for enterprises

Flamenco Networks on Monday released an enterprise version of its hosted Web Services Management Solution, software for securing Web services.

Previously, Flamenco had offered the software as a service either hosted by Flamenco itself or a service provider whom had licensed Flamenco's software.

Now, companies can bring Web Services Management Solution (WMS) to their networks to provide security for network traffic based on XML and Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP).

Security has emerged as a major Achilles' heel for Web services adoption. A number of standards are being developed to support authentication and authorization, but in the meantime users are left to create their own security infrastructure using point products or purchase a hosted service such as that from Flamenco or Grand Central Communications.

Flamenco now provides both options.

"We see the Web services management space much like the VPN and firewall markets," says John Hanger, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Flamenco Networks. "Some people prefer to buy this software and run it themselves. We think the whole Web services management space will evolve this way."

Flamenco's WMS is a distributed platform that consists of two primary components, a controller and a set of proxies.

The controller is a Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition application that monitors and manages Web services traffic using data collected from proxies that can be deployed either as a gateway for SOAP traffic between partners or over a global network, or on Web servers throughout a company.

The proxies include a number of handlers configured to support a variety of security services such as authentication, authorization, encryption, digital signatures and non-repudiation.

Flamenco uses a technology it developed that maintains a heartbeat between the controller and the proxies to tie the system together.

The Flamenco Web Services Management Solution, Enterprise Edition is available now with pricing starting at US$100,000.

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