eBay makes a bid for the SOA business

Summary:The online mega-market giant opens up its Java-based SOA platform as an open-source offering.

eBay has taken a page from Amazon's playbook and is offering pieces of its infrastructure technology to the world at large. Only rather than offering infrastructure services on a pay-as-you-go basis, eBay is open-sourcing its infrastructure code to the wider community.

Last week, the mega-market company launched a Website for its open source initiative, which features a beta version of Project Turmeric, a Java-based SOA platform, Auctionbytes.com reports.

eBay provides details about its Tumeric offering:

"Turmeric is a comprehensive, policy-driven SOA platform that you can use to develop, deploy, secure, run and monitor SOA services and consumers. It is a Java based platform, follows the core standards (WSDL, SOAP, XML, JSON, XACML, REST), and supports a variety of protocols and data formats. Eclipse plugins help with the development of services and consumers."

Components of the offering include runtime code, Eclipse plug-ins, security services, and a monitoring console and policy administration. There are no dependencies on internal eBay applications. eBay says Tumeric is part of its decision to open source some of the standards-based technologies it has used to power its online marketplaces.

The availability of open-source SOA platforms such as this may be another way SOA will filter to unserved and underserved markets. And a platform that has already proven to handle millions of transactions a day with 90 million users is a pretty good bet in terms of scalability.

Topics: Enterprise Software, Browser, E-Commerce, Open Source, Software, Software Development

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Joe McKendrick is an author and independent analyst who tracks the impact of information technology on management and markets. Joe is co-author, along with 16 leading industry leaders and thinkers, of the SOA Manifesto, which outlines the values and guiding principles of service orientation. He speaks frequently on cloud, SOA, data, and... Full Bio

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