GT Software, a provider of mainframe integration solutions, announced Ivory Service Architect 4.1, a new version of its market mainframe service-oriented architecture (SOA) product.

Ivory Service Architect 4.1 is designed to deliver numerous new features designed to reduce mainframe workloads and improve SOA performance. Ivory’s architecture, developed to deliver high-performance, secure mainframe SOA solutions, now fully exploits all three IBM System z mainframe specialty engines, the company says.

GT Software asserts that Ivory is the only mainframe integration platform offering support for the Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL), System z Integrated Information Processor (zIIP), and the System z Application Assist Processor (zAAP). Mainframe specialty engines are not governed in speed, delivering much stronger performance than workload run on the general purpose processor (GPP). Integration and SOA workload running on or exploiting one or more of these specialty engines does not incur charges against the mainframe’s processing capacity, resulting in dramatic reductions in mainframe MIPS usage.

In addition to supporting specialty engines, the Ivory Workload Manager provides intelligent routing to configure when and how workload is shifted to specialty engines. This feature ensures, on a service-by-service basis, that maximum MIPS are saved without sacrificing performance, GT Software says.
 
Additionally, the new release of Ivory is intended to deliver performance gains across all versions of the Ivory Server and Ivory Studio as a result of an intensive code optimization effort. Ivory Service Architect 4.1 also introduces full support for efficient binary XML, providing runtime performance gains across all versions of the Ivory Server. Additional performance improvements will center on the processing of large XML schemas and orchestration of large Web service projects.

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