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IBM on DataPower Acquisition: "We will support BEA and other vendors' SOA Web Services customers as well"

DataPower will provide tighter integration for the rest of the IBM portfolio

IBM's Robert LeBlanc recently answered the questions from SYS-CON.TV's Roger Strukhoff on IBM's DataPower acquisition.

Roger Strukhoff: The press release says that IBM plans to introduce a family of SOA Appliances based on DataPower technology. When will this be, and can you give us a hint of what these SOA Appliances will be?

Robert LeBlanc: Well, certainly, we’re giving you a kind of a directional statement, and now that we’ve closed the transaction, the next level of detailed work can go on. We will make a set of announcements later this year around more specific road maps around the set of capabilities that we’ll deliver but if you look at SOA and all that it entails – security, there’s management, there’s process management – all of the things that make up an SOA environment are all candidates to be integrated on top of an appliance, so we’re going to look at all of those opportunities, to be able to extend out the set of functionality that DataPower provides today. The existing products that are available today provide a lot of value to customers, and in fact if you look at the customer list for DataPower it’s pretty impressive with people like UBS, JP Morgan Chase, some of the largest financial institutions that build out pretty substantial SOA deployment and that’s where we collectively work together, and where we think that there are opportunities for tighter integration between the set of capabilities that DataPower has and the rest of the IBM portfolio.

Not only web share, but for systems management, for information management and for some of the XML optimization that we’re putting in the database in the future.

Roger Strukhoff: Also, on the complimentary aspects - are you saying that with this announcement complimenting WebSphere that individual developers will have a new choice to make within the IBM family, or you’re reaching out to developers who are not today prime candidates for WebSphere.

Robert LeBlanc: It’s a hard question to answer, I think both – it’s clearly aimed at customers making an SOA decision, they’re going to look at the breath and depth of the opportunity and of the technology to deploy, we think that it stands out as the breath of functionality we have and therefore makes WebSphere even more attractive than it already is as the leader in SOA deployment and gives more and more sets of capabilities. We think that it will bring new customers to the WebSphere platform, as well as providing value to the current customers. So, we think that it’s actually both. 

In answering another reporter's question if IBM will continue to work with other middleware systems, such as BEA and Oracle, LeBlanc said;

"Absolutely, because we provide value in an SOA environment, and some customers will choose their backend to be BEA or others, and not WebSphere. We provide value to customers, and that’s what we’re all about. So, the way that we’re going to structure the organization is that we will have an SOA, a client's organization that will report directly to me, that is separate from my WebSphere organization, so that we can go after the full customer opportunity. But obviously, the optimization between DataPower and WebSphere is something that will be a huge advantage."

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SOA Web Services Journal News Desk 10/19/05 03:45:30 PM EDT

IBM on DataPower Acquisition: "We will support BEA and other vendors' SOA Web Services customers as well" The existing products that are available today provide a lot of value to customers, and in fact if you look at the customer list for DataPower it's pretty impressive with people like UBS, JP Morgan Chase, some of the largest financial institutions that build out pretty substantial SOA deployment and that's where we collectively work together, and where we think that there are opportunities for tighter integration between the set of capabilities that DataPower has and the rest of the IBM portfolio.