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ESB-based SOA products sweep away legacy EAI

In the first of a series of service-oriented architecture (SOA) conversion programmes, Sonic Software the inventor and leading provider of the enterprise service bus (ESB), has announced that it will offer TIBCO customers a competitive trade-up programme aimed at accelerating their transition from inflexible and expensive integration platforms of the past to a SOA platform based on Sonic ESB®. Sonic intends to provide TIBCO (Nasdaq: TIBX) customers with Sonic SOA Suite" licenses of equivalent capability to their currently deployed TIBCO products, for a price equivalent to their TIBCO maintenance.

Customers have paid multiple millions of dollars for enterprise licenses of TIBCO productswith hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual maintenance fees. These customers are frustrated with the inadequate returns they have achieved with this traditional, centralised hub-and-spoke integration technology, said Greg OConnor, president of Sonic Software. Sonic provides flexible SOA infrastructure out of the box that is helping organisations accelerate their transition to enterprise-wide SOA, and significantly reducing SOA project risk.

We're making it much easier for companies to embrace the huge potential of service-oriented architecture, continued OConnor.

SOA presents the opportunity for organisations to achieve broad-scale interoperability of IT systems, while providing the flexibility required to continually adapt these systems to changing business requirements.
SOA requires a new type of software infrastructure called the ESB that can connect, mediate and control a wide variety of services in a flexible manner across a distributed environment.

TIBCO customers who have purchased an enterprise license for $1 million, for example, are typically paying as much as $250k or more in annual maintenance. Under this plan, Sonic will deliver Sonic SOA Suite licenses to replace their currently deployed TIBCO products, such as Rendezvous, EMS, BusinessWorks, and StaffWare. The Sonic SOA Suite is a bundled product offering that delivers deployment flexibility and simplicity for organisations pursuing SOA projects. The suite includes Sonic ESB, Sonic Orchestration Server", Sonic XML Server" and the Sonic Database Service".