By Jack Vaughan
Another sign that SOA governance tools will play a role in cloud computing comes by way of an announcement that SOA Software has developed a suite of governance tools that build and run applications for the IBM WebSphere Business Services Fabric. WebSphere fabric products, the company told us in an interview at Gartner’s Application Architecture Integration & Development Summit 2010 in Los Angeles, Calif., can run as part of heterogeneous environments sharing services with SOA platforms from companies such as Microsoft, Oracle, RedHat and SAP. “We believe SOA is a prerequisite for cloud,” said Alistair Farquharson, CTO, SOA Software. If you use SaaS, he said, you will be exposing a set of services. Meanwhile, he continued, if you go to PaaS, you have to decompose your applications into components that are service enabled. “The data stays behind, but the application goes to the cloud,” said Farquharson.