Active Endpoints Unifies Brands, Releases the ActiveBPEL™ 2.0 Product Family

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ActiveBPEL 2.0 delivers extensive new capabilities for building and deploying composite, service-oriented applications.

Active Endpoints, Inc. (http://www.active-endpoints.com), the leading provider of BPEL (Business Process Execution Language) products and services, today announced plans to consolidate its ActiveWebflow™ and ActiveBPEL products under the ActiveBPEL brand. The Company also announced general availability of ActiveBPEL 2.0, a comprehensive family of open source and commercial products for building, testing, deploying and managing composite, service-oriented applications.

Leveraging the ActiveBPEL Brand

Previously, Active Endpoints distributed its open source product under the name ActiveBPEL and its commercial products under the ActiveWebflow brand. Effective immediately, all open source and commercial products are consolidated under the ActiveBPEL brand. The result of this change is a single, unified brand across the Company’s products – from the ActiveBPEL open source engine to the ActiveBPEL Designer to ActiveBPEL Enterprise Servers for Apache Tomcat, JBoss® Application Server, IBM® WebSphere® Application Server, and BEA WebLogic® Server.

“The ActiveBPEL engine is already the BPEL environment of choice for thousands of SOA engineers and architects worldwide,” said Les Trachtman, CEO, Active Endpoints. “Unifying our products under the ActiveBPEL brand gives our customers an easy way to understand the breadth and coherence of our solutions.”

ActiveBPEL 2.0 – Extensive New Features for Building Composite, SOA Applications

The ActiveBPEL 2.0 product family now consists of the following:

  • ActiveBPEL Designer: a high-powered, Eclipse Ready™ design environment that allows information analysts to visually create and test BPEL process flows. The ActiveBPEL Designer includes a multitude of advanced features, speeding developers through the tasks of building sophisticated composite applications.
  • ActiveBPEL engine: a comprehensive, open source runtime environment for executing BPEL compositions. The ActiveBPEL engine is the most widely used BPEL technology available today, delivering commercial-grade BPEL capabilities to the growing open source community.
  • ActiveBPEL Enterprise Servers: Enterprise-class BPEL servers that satisfy a multitude of BPEL deployment requirements – from mobile and desktop applications to advanced production environments, including:

o ActiveBPEL Enterprise for Apache Tomcat

o ActiveBPEL Enterprise for JBoss Application Server

o ActiveBPEL Enterprise for IBM WebSphere Application Server

o ActiveBPEL Enterprise for BEA WebLogic Server

“ActiveBPEL has become the reference platform for our SOA implementation,” said Andrew Bowman, Enterprise Architect, Synovus Financial Corporation. “ActiveBPEL’s strict adherence to standards has exposed weaknesses and incompatibilities in Web services provided by other sources. Our entire SOA infrastructure is stronger as a result using ActiveBPEL. We are looking forward to ActiveBPEL 2.0 both for the new features and for what it will reveal about our SOA infrastructure.”

In response to numerous customer requests, the ActiveBPEL 2.0 feature set now includes the following new capabilities:

  • WSBPEL 2.0 Constructs. ActiveBPEL 2.0 delivers two critical constructs that are defined in the forthcoming WSBPEL 2.0 standard – For Each and Message Exchange.
  • Additional Orchestration Features. ActiveBPEL 2.0 delivers extended orchestration constructs to Break, Continue and Suspend processing execution.
  • Pluggable Expression Language Support. To support the widest variety of data manipulation and scripting needs, ActiveBPEL 2.0 now supports XPath, XQuery and JavaScript for advanced data manipulation, mapping and transformation.
  • Advanced Process Exception Management. BPEL’s fault handling conventions sometimes raise unintended process terminations. ActiveBPEL 2.0 allows uncaught faults to be trapped and handled declaratively, covering a much broader range of exception handling than previously available.
  • Expanded Endpoint Location Services. ActiveBPEL 2.0 now supports a variety of techniques for locating Partner Link endpoints. In addition to WSDL Service addresses, new locator services are available based on WS-Addressing conventions and URN mapping techniques.
  • WS-Policy Support. ActiveBPEL 2.0 now supports key WS-Policy assertions, including Endpoint Retry, WS-Security and MyRole SOAP header mapping.
  • Extensive Console Upgrades. ActiveBPEL management consoles now support advanced querying and filtering of process data, diagrammatic views of process states and advanced console navigation.

“Active Endpoints’ ActiveBPEL solution will be a significant catalyst for enterprises looking for a cost-effective way to connect disparate systems seamlessly,” said Uday Shankar, CEO, Supply Insight Inc. “In our RFID platform, we use BPEL based architecture to create a more flexible infrastructure to automate multi-step, mission-critical business processes and support changing business requirements.”

Availability

The ActiveBPEL 2.0 engine is available for immediate download at http://www.activebpel.org. The ActiveBPEL 2.0 Designer (formerly ActiveWebflow Professional) is freely available for immediate download at http://www.active-endpoints.com/freebpel. For general information or to purchase ActiveBPEL Enterprise Server products for Apache Tomcat, JBoss Application Server, IBM WebSphere Application Server and BEA WebLogic Server, please contact Active Endpoints at +1.203.929.9400 ext. 709 or info@active-endpoints.com.

In related news, the Company also announced that ActiveBPEL Designer, its best-in-class, Eclipse Ready BPEL authoring environment, is now available for free download, use and redistribution. Please visit http://www.active-endpoints.com/newspr to read the full release.

About Active Endpoints, Inc.

Active Endpoints is the leading provider of BPEL (Business Process Execution Language) solutions. Active Endpoints’ solutions enable organizations to go beyond simple application connections to build and deploy composite, process-driven information systems based on BPEL, the next generation Web services orchestration standard. From open source to mission critical deployments, Active Endpoints empowers IT organizations to quickly adapt to evolving customer demands – reducing the cost of integration, leveraging infrastructure investments and enabling the sharing of business processes with customers, partners and suppliers. More financial services, government, telecommunications, high technology, and retail organizations use Active Endpoints’ solutions than any other BPEL technology. Headquartered in Shelton, Connecticut, Active Endpoints is privately held. More information is available at http://www.active-endpoints.com.

ActiveWebflow and ActiveBPEL are trademarks of Active Endpoints, Inc. Eclipse and Eclipse Ready are trademarks of Eclipse Foundation, Inc. JBoss is a registered trademark of JBoss, Inc. IBM and WebSphere are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both. BEA and BEA WebLogic Server are registered trademarks of BEA Systems, Inc. All other company and product names are the property of their respective owners.

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