Forum Systems Partners with SOA Software to Deliver Accelerated SOA Management and Security Solution

Akana Service Manager Leverages Standards to integrate Management and Monitoring capabilities with Forum Systems XWall XML Firewall and Forum Sentry SOA Gateway

SANTA MONICA, Calif. and SALT LAKE CITY, UT.—February 27, 2006?SOA Software, the leading provider of comprehensive SOA and Web services management and governance solutions, and Forum Systems, the leader in Web services and SOA security and XML acceleration, today announced that they are partnering to provide customers with a consolidated and standards-based infrastructure that centralizes the management and security of high-performance XML and Web services. 

Many large enterprises are migrating quickly to a Service-oriented architecture (SOA) in order to drive significant cost-savings, increased agility and improved alignment between IT and the business.  Through this migration, organizations are taking a holistic view of security, reliability and visibility throughout their business.  As the number of Web services increase, centralizing the management of enterprise policies offers the ability to control all aspects of an organizations’ SOA deployment; from enabling trusted communications and mitigating threats, through service provisioning and monitoring and management of performance and reliability.

“As enterprises adopt large-scale SOA infrastructure solutions, the ability to choose best-of-breed components and tie them together under a central policy and performance management and monitoring solution becomes critical,” said Roberto Medrano, executive vice president of SOA Software.  “Our partnership with Forum Systems allows customers to ensure the security and performance of their SOA from network edge through the last-mile.”

SOA Software and Forum Systems are the first companies to leverage open, industry-defined standards to offer tight integration between SOA infrastructure components from different vendors.  This means that customers of Forum Systems and SOA Software can now use the SOA Software Service Manager product to control and manage Forum Systems’ policy enforcement products, Forum XWall Web Services Firewall and Forum Sentry SOA Gateway, and gather performance and availability statistics to monitor and report on service level agreement compliance.

“SOA Software is a leader in standards-based SOA Management,” said Walid Negm, vice president of marketing of Forum Systems.  “This partnership provides our customers with a complete, high-performance, scalable solution for all their Web services security and management needs.”

SOA Software Service Manager defines and distributes policies using advanced OASIS standards, including the WS-Policy framework, to allow it to manage standards compliant policy enforcement points including SOA Software’s Management Point, and now Forum Systems’ XWall Web Service Firewall and Forum Sentry SOA Gateway.

About SOA Software

SOA Software is the leading provider of comprehensive enterprise-class SOA management, security, and governance solutions.  SOA Software’s products include the award winning Service Manager™, Registry™, XML VPN™, and SOLA™.  Service Manager provides a high-performance, scalable SOA Management solution. XML VPN makes it easy for companies to securely publish B2B Web services for their partners to consume.  SOA Software’s UDDIv3 compliant Registry is the first product to integrate service discovery with policy and performance management.  And SOLA is the only production proven mainframe Web services solution for CICS programmers. These enterprise-class products combine to create the only complete SOA Infrastructure solution available today.  SOA Software is a privately held company backed by leading investors including Redpoint, Mellon Ventures, Palisades Ventures Fund and Paladin Capital Group. For more information, please visit

About Forum Systems

Forum Systems, Inc. is the Leader in Web services and SOA Security™ infrastructure with a comprehensive suite of XML acceleration, trust management, threat protection and information assurance solutions for the automated Web. Forum Systems’ flexible hardware, software and embedded products make vibrant business communications possible by actively protecting XML data and Web services across networks and business boundaries. Forum’s products have been chosen by over 150 Fortune 1000 industry leaders and are winners of Network Computing Magazine’s Well-Connected 2004 Award and Product of the Year 2004 Award, Network Computing Magazine’s Editor’s Choice 2003 Award, Network Magazine’s Product of the Year 2003 Award and DEMO 2004 Invitation. Forum XWall Web Services Firewall is the industry’s only XML Firewall selected by InfoWorld LEADERBOARD 2004. Visit Forum at

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