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AmberPoint Acquisition Will Fill in Oracle's SOA Gaps

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With the Sun integration still in progress, Oracle recently added another acquisition to its plate.  The company recently announced that it will be buying AmberPoint to bolster its own SOA offerings within the Fusion Middleware portfolio.  The FAQ document released by Oracle said that AmberPoint's technology will be "highly complimentary" to Oracle's current SOA software.  The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but they expect it to be complete by the first half of 2010.

AmberPoint had been flirting with companies like Microsoft and Oracle for some time, so it was a surprise that it took this long to be acquired.  In the SOA management market, AmberPoint has been a noticeable leader, making it a smart choice for Oracle.  AmberPoint's software is built to help IT organizations troubleshoot applications in an SOA architecture and improve their performance.  The software also includes transaction monitoring and security functions.  

There aren't a large number of organizations that have bought SOA management, but some say that it's the most useful piece of SOA infrastructure an organization can own.  Many large vendors have promoted the ESB as the foundation of an SOA infrastructure, down-playing SOA management.  However, SOA architects like Paul Fremantle of WSO2 are against strategies that involve so much emphasis on a central heavyweight ESB.

Security Monitoring in AmberPoint

Oracle spokespeople are saying that AmberPoint's newly acquired SOA management apps will be assimilated into Oracle's SOA Suite, Oracle SOA Governance, and Oracle Enterprise Manager suites to "accelerate the resolution of application performance and business transactions issues before a customer's business is impacted."  Oracle predicts that this will provide stronger end-to-end governance allowing customers to monitor and manage the entire lifecycle of each SOA component.

The real benefit of the AmberPoint acquisition will be the ways in which it patches some gaps in Oracle's existing SOA offerings.  Oracle's Enterprise Manager could see the most benefits.  The integration of AmberPoint's software could potentially improve SOA runtime governance and business transaction management not only for its own Fusion Middleware stack, but also for outside applications.  Currently, Oracle's Enterprise Manager is not set up well for dealing with anything that's not in Oracle's Fusion Middleware.

Oracle told the press that it would continue to support multiple platforms that are part of AmberPoint's partnerships.  These partnerships include HP, Microsoft, Parasoft, SAP, and TIBCO.  Oracle says it will also support OEM agreements going forward, but they may end up terminating many of these relationships.

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