As enterprises build their first Web services, few budget any resources for registries.
"It's not obvious to those who are looking at building an SOA, but those who have built an SOA, it's obvious you need a directory," said ZapThink LLC senior analyst Ronald Schmelzer.
Web services directories often follow the UDDI specification and provide technical details on the services companies have created for use either internally or across the firewall. Once a company begins accumulating Web services, directories help enterprises manage code reuse and other aspects central to a service-oriented architecture.
Infravio Inc., today took a step toward making directories amenable to enterprise decision makers with the announcement of its federated Web services registry called X-registry.
X-registry provides technical and business information about a Web service while enabling management over who uses a service and when. It will be available in the third quarter and pricing starts at $35,000, Infravio said.
"If you are trying to build an SOA, the big benefit is reuse," Schmelzer said. "Registries provide a text description of what a service is good for, how to modify it. They can provide load information, or even the security policy for a service."
Other technical data includes WSDL, XML schema and version information. X-registry goes a step further, according to president and CEO Jeff Tonkel. X-registry talks to business managers by including service descriptions, service-level agreement information, pricing details and other details a manager can use to determine whether to introduce a service into their enterprise.
"What Infravio has done is hide the techno-babble a business manager does not care about," Schmelzer said. "But they've added information to it like who is using a service and what they're using it for. There's also SLA and other information in there that a business analyst would need to know about."
Infravio is ahead of the competition with X-registry, Schmelzer said, adding that Systinet Corp. and Novell Inc., are also making some headway with Web services registries, but not in the same direction as Infravio.
Infravio has also announced that NetIQ has included its performance and availability software in NetIQ's AppManager product as part of an OEM deal with the management software vendor.