March 27, 2006, 4:08 PM — LogicBlaze Inc. took the wraps off its open-source Fuse SOA (service-oriented architecture) software stack Monday. The vendor also announced a tie-up with IBM Corp., one of the companies heavily pushing SOA, a way to create and manage IT systems through reusable software and services.
Creating stacks of precertified software components is a growing trend among open-source players. The aim is to encourage open-source adoption by removing some of the complexity corporate developers face in trying to get different components to work together when developing in-house projects.
Distributed under the Apache 2.0 license, the Fuse components include the Apache Software Foundation Incubator's ServiceMix ESB (enterprise service bus), its ActiveMQ messaging system and its Ode orchestration engine as well as the Apache Derby persistence database.
The vendor decided to offer the Fuse stack after becoming aware that large enterprises were using the ServiceMix ESB as the hub for their moves into SOA, Winston Damarillo, LogicBlaze chairman, said in a phone interview.
Fuse comes with LogicBlaze's subscription-based support network known as community-oriented real-time engineering or Core. Core is modeled after the subscription and support networks already established by Red Hat Inc. and MySQL AB, Damarillo said.
The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) is evaluating Fuse as it determines whether to migrate its mainframe system for its child support staff over to an SOA approach, according to Curtis Rose, automated child support enforcement system technical manager in CDHS' office of IT services.
Rose's department is looking to educate itself on SOA and already has one Fuse pilot running, with a second, more aggressive project to begin in a few weeks, he said in a phone interview.
"Our mainframe system doesn't have a lot of flexibility, adding imaging and data warehousing is painful," Rose said. A move to SOA could also make interfacing the CDHS system with those of other government agencies easier, he added. Should the department go ahead with the migration, being able to gradually change its system's underlying architecture will be key. "The number-one issue is having no loss of service as we make the move," Rose said.
LogicBlaze also announced a relationship with IBM Monday. The startup will redistribute and support IBM's WebSphere Application Server Community Edition (WAS CE) as a component of a version of Fuse it will call LogicBlaze Fuse for WebSphere CE. The software is due to appear in April.
Based on the Apache Geronimo low-end application server project, IBM's WAS CE is the follow-on version to software it acquired in May 2005 when it purchased Gluecode, a company founded by Damarillo.