Web Services Management

Written by Patricia Skinner
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Organizations are always searching for solutions that allow them to minimize the impact of constant change inherent in dynamic Web services environments. Visibility, flexibility and active control across an enterprise are all key issues. The key to a successful Web services network includes ensuring uptime while reducing to a minimum the costs of ongoing Web services management.

The Changing Face of Web Services Management

Part of a strategy in this direction would be basing your system on Extensible Markup Language, or XML, as the new markup language that is quickly gaining ground on HTML. Twenty-five percent of all Internet traffic is expected to be XML based by 2006. Until now, such major organizations as the US Navy have recently completed their changeover to XML, after their experts deemed it a feasible alternative to HTML that would promote easy inter-departmental communication.

Intercommunication

Why would you change over to XML web services management? Well, for a big start, there's the ability to accommodate the inevitable future technological advances that HTML will struggle with. Another important factor is the ability of XML-based systems to facilitate communication with other systems. In fact, this is seen as the major advantage of XML-based web services management: the possibility of communication between systems.

XML management is easily maintained and there is potential for greater web security for web-based business transactions with XML, including Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and encryption. There are already a number software packages for XML-based web services management, including XML monitoring applications. XML offers web services management a great potential for improved quality of service (QoB) and quality of business (QoB).


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