Looking for SOA management tools? HP updated its offerings last week, but the result still lags behind AmberPoint SOA Management System and Progress Actional for SOA Operations, Burton Group research director and SOA expert Anne Thomas Manes told internetnews.com:
"HP SOA Manager wasn't really comparable to the other management systems out there. It had very limited visibility capabilities, but is now getting closer to what AmberPoint and Progress Actional provide."
InfoWorld offered a round-up of the upgrades, which will be an extension to HP Business Availability for SOA. HP Service Test and HP Service Test Management were updated to increase support for quality assurance teams and expand support for SOAP over Java Message Service, WS-Addressing and SAML.
SOA Policy Enforcer -- which InfoWorld notes is a repackaging of HP SOA Manager -- is used to enforce technical and business requirements and will now feed performance data into Diagnostics for SOA for analysis.
Manes took issue with the fact HP SOA Manager's functionalities have been divided into two products. She noted the AmberPoint and Progress Actional offerings can provide diagnostic and visibility components, define runtime, security and other policies, according to Manes.
On a more positive note, Manes did add that HP Diagnostics for SOA should "integrate nicely" with Mercury or HP OpenView.
Dana Gardner at ZDNet seemed more impressed with HP's offering. He pointed out that SOA governance is a separate issue from performance management. Governance, he pointed out, helps define the "best ways that services can and should be used" and provide policies and guidance for using services. But performance still matters, he continued:
"In the best of all worlds, these functions relate well and can be managed and refined in unison, a vision that HP is obviously embracing with today's announcements."
The updated solutions should be available by June.