SOA Software, an integrated service-oriented architecture (SOA) governance vendor, has released its mainframe SOA solution, SOLA, for IMS transactions.

“Mainframe SOA represents a very good strategy for extending and reusing existing business function on this strong platform,” says Dale Vecchio, research VP at Gartner Inc. “IMS transactional environments represent some of the largest transactional systems on mainframes, and should be leveraged in any SOA strategy.”

SOLA is a comprehensive mainframe SOA solution that cost effectively makes mainframe applications part of an SOA.

SOLA provides customers with a quick, easy process to expose mainframe applications as secure Web services, and allows mainframe applications to consume Web services. Using SOLA, customers can leverage billions of dollars of existing mainframe investments when building an enterprise SOA. The SOLA runtime environment runs entirely on the mainframe, eliminating the need for expensive, unreliable and unnecessary middleware. This, coupled with SOLA’s Development Studio, increases developer productivity, providing faster time to market and lower application development cost. The combination of a highly optimized runtime, no middleware and improved productivity provide the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) in the industry.

SOLA’s high performance and low CPU overhead enable customers to run mainframe SOA implementations in a cost-effective manner. SOLA is the only product proven in enterprise implementations to handle high volume (10 million+) transactions per day in mission-critical mainframe SOA environments, says the vendor.

“This new product makes it easy to re-use IMS applications,” says Paul Gigg, CEO of SOA Software. “Many of our Fortune 1000 customers use IMS and CICS, and IMS customers can now enjoy the benefits of including IMS applications in their enterprise SOA.”

With this release, the SOLA Developer and the SOLA runtime now support multiple IMS input and output segments, and the IMS transactions being service enabled can be written in COBOL, PL/I or Natural. IMS transactions can also be service consumers by using SOLA’s highly efficient outbound engine.

Additionally, SOLA offers a customizable dictionary to convert program variables to business terms, enforcing corporate standards. SOLA is a governed service platform, making it fully governable by SOA Software products such as Portfolio Manager, Policy Manager, Repository Manager and Service Manager.

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