Open Source SOA Middleware: WSO2 Offer Keeps Expanding

The open source SOA company WSO2 earlier this week made few more announcements introducing  the latest release of WSO2 Governance Registry, WSO2 Carbon 3.0 and few other components. I asked Jonathan Marsh, WSO2 VP of business development, how can they launch so many different products at the same time, and why.

The WSO2 Carbon platform upon which our middleware stack is based supports an incredible innovation rate.  What we build is essentially a set of components (about 150 in all).  Users can configure their own customized middleware from these components, or they can start with pre-packaged sets of components that we brand as the WSO2 ESB, WSO2 WSAS, WSO2 Governance Registry, and WSO2 Identity Server.  Many users will just see the tip of this powerful system – well integrated products in terms of usability, management, security, interoperability, and extensibility, plus an incredible range of possible capabilities simply staged to their particular problem space instead of bloated everything-at-once middleware – all benefits inherited from the WSO2 Carbon core.

WSO2 is simplifying new components integration and having already nine branded “bundles” in their product portfolio they are at the point to consolidate some of the releases and announcements, apparently.
Reading Thilina’s blog we can get the gist of where the WSO2 Identity is going both about SAML Single-Sign-On implementation and also about OAuth implementation.
Jonathan can you tell us more about the decision to support OAuth?

The primary reason for adding OAuth is simply the demand from key customers.  However, strategically we think it is a natural fit with our core commitment to open source solutions delivering interoperability through open standards, and OAuth complements two other identity management standards we support: OpenID and InfoCards.  Finally, supporting OAuth for building solutions that connect with Google’s growing array of cloud services is growing in importance for our customers – and for us internally at WSO2.

Kudos to WSO2 to participate and implement OpenID, Infocard and OAuth. Now that Sun OpenSSO’s future is uncertain WSO2 committment to web security is a very good thing.