BEA Buys Flashline for SOA EdgeBy Darryl K. Taft | Posted 2006-08-23 Email Print
BEA purchases Flashline to beef up its service-oriented architecture infrastructure with new repository capabilities.In a move to bolster its service-oriented architecture tool set, BEA Systems has acquired Flashline.
The San Jose, Calif., company acquired Cleveland-based Flashline for its metadata repository and will incorporate that repository into the BEA AquaLogic family. The Flashline repository will become BEA AquaLogic Enterprise Repository and will be a complementary product to BEA's AquaLogic Service Registry offering, which is the company's UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery and Integration) registry.
The companies did not disclose financial terms of the deal, except to say that the deal is closed.
Paul Patrick, BEA's chief architect, said a complete SOA infrastructure environment requires both a registry and a repository. "When we announced the concept of a service infrastructure, we said the SOA infrastructure required a repository and a registry," Patrick said. "Our UDDI registry combined with the AquaLogic Enterprise Repository creates a full, complete lifecycle view of the metadata," giving BEA both design time and runtime governance capabilities, he said.
Rob Levy, BEA's executive vice president and chief technology officer, said the metadata repository is a critical component of SOA, providing a shared location to manage metadata, govern the asset lifecycle and measure results.
Charles Stack, founder and CEO of Flashline, said the Flashline repository helps customers gain visibility into their asset portfolios and optimize reuse. He said the technology helps customers "reuse, reduce and remix" assets. The reduction, he said is a reduction of risk. In addition, Stack said Flashline built a ROI (return-on-investment) monitor into the product.
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