Oracle says future of SOA is EDA; ditches 'SOA 2.0'

Many commentators appear to have been underwhelmed by goings-on at last week's Java One confab, but at least Oracle made some SOA news when it laid out its Fusion middleware vision.And, unlike past pronouncements, the vendor did not refer to its new emerging vision as "SOA 2.

Many commentators appear to have been underwhelmed by goings-on at last week's Java One confab, but at least Oracle made some SOA news when it laid out its Fusion middleware vision.

And, unlike past pronouncements, the vendor did not refer to its new emerging vision as "SOA 2.0."

Oracle says Fusion is bringing together three disciplines -- SOA, Event-Driven Architecture, and Grid computing. According to the Big O, "current middleware offerings only permit organizations to support SOAs, event processing, and Grid computing at 'the edge,' requiring each component of their application platform be developed, deployed and managed as a separate entity."

Along the lines of EDA, Oracle said it's developing new Complex Event Processing (CEP) capabilities "that support high-volume, programmatic analysis of events to identify patterns and correlations across multiple heterogeneous event sources." Oracle says CEP capabilities will complement existing EDA offerings, such as Oracle Business Activity Monitoring, "that provides real-time operational dashboards for tracking business key performance indicators, multi-channel alerting, and invoking automated or manual response actions."