HP's Mercury acquisition fortells changes for SOA infrastructure

HP's Mercury acquisition fortells changes for SOA infrastructure

Summary: As Dan Farber mentioned earlier this week, HP acquired Mercury. Not long ago, of course, Mercury acquired Systinet, who's product line includes a very capable SOA registry (I reviewed Systinet's registry last year for InfoWorld.

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As Dan Farber mentioned earlier this week, HP acquired Mercury. Not long ago, of course, Mercury acquired Systinet, who's product line includes a very capable SOA registry (I reviewed Systinet's registry last year for InfoWorld.)

This makes the HP acquisition very interesting from a SOA perspective. HP's network and systems management products, combined with Mercury's IT management products and Systinet's registry give HP a suite of products that cover the board.

Still, integrating these myriad products won't be easy. Anyone familiar with Oracle's multiple acquisition (including CRM giant Siebel) and the resulting "fusion" project to make all of it work together can guess at the work ahead for HP. Moreover, the integration could cause considerable confusion and pain to customers trying to map out their SOA infrastructure if HP isn't extremely open about their product roadmap and integration plans.

I've always been sceptical of all-in-one stacks, preferring to mix and match to get an infrastructure that meets my needs and doesn't include a hundreds bells I don't need. Infravio's registry product (which I also reviewed earlier this year) remains as an independent SOA repository and I suspect the the Systinet registry will remain a standalone product as well for IT shops who don't buy the whole stack.

Topic: Enterprise Software

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  • Buy a SOA Stack

    Is yet another I-buy-a-SOA-stack?
    I don't know but made a small cartoon. See:
    http://geekandpoke.blogspot.com/2006/07/soa-stack.html

    Bye,
    Oliver
    owidder
  • SOA will go mainstream once you can test it

    We think that another way of looking at this deal is this: Does $4.5B buy the end-to-end SOA and service management solution that experts say IT needs and this deal delivers?

    In our opinion, no.

    To be clear, we think this is a big, positive move for HP. The points of interest are two-fold:

    1 - From the technology perspective, we see increased convergence of testing, network monitoring and management, and governance software.

    2 ? From the business perspective, we see an industry leader applying pressure to other hardware, application and services providers such as IBM, Oracle, and Dell.

    But this acquisition doesn?t provide end to end testing of SOAs and until testing is part of the 'stack', SOA will still live in the trough of disillusionment.

    What this deal doesn?t provide is testing and validation of everything that is happening inside a SOA ? this "behind the screens" testing is needed for SOA (and integrated) services because they are essentially representative of integrated applications.

    Increasingly today, companies are connecting to customers and suppliers and other third parties via disparate applications made to work as a single process through integration and SOA.

    Without testing at the middleware, ESB, protocol, and message level, how can you they be sure that their SOA and supporting composite applications work? How can HP OpenView ensure SLAs without this level of visibility?

    So it will be interesting to see if HP takes the next step beyond network monitoring, registries, governance and application testing tools, into true SOA and integration testing and service management because this acquisition doesn?t fully solve the problem of federated testing and service assurance.

    In short, we think this news is encouraging for HP and for users. And it is encouraging for vendors like Solstice Software who enable end to end SOA and integration testing.

    Chris Benedetto, Vice President Marketing
    Solstice Software
    www.solsticesoftware.com
    cbenedetto