Bull offers the ObjectWeb Open Source community a BPEL process orchestration engine: Orchestra
- Orchestra will provide the first Open Source business process orchestration solution conforming with the BPEL standard, and fully dedicated to mission-critical applications
- Orchestra complements Bull's numerous other technological contributions to Open Source user communities including ObjectWeb, Apache and Eclipse
16, 2006 -
In line with its strategy to be 'Architect of an Open World' and major Open Source software provider, Bull is today offering to the Open Source community its latest Open Source component 'Orchestra', the fruits of its R&D work in business process orchestration. The new module complements the numerous technological contributions Bull has made to communities such as ObjectWeb, Apache and Eclipse that - by providing everything from J2EEE servers to workflow and transactional solutions - enable businesses and public sector bodies alike to deploy flexible applications that are built entirely around industry standard products.
Orchestra is a complete Web services and process orchestration engine, which features an engine that conforms to the BPEL (Business Process Execution Language) standard and associated design tools. Orchestra can be adapted to any type of process, and meets the needs of medium to large organizations (banks, government ministries, defense bodies, industry, healthcare, etc).
"Today, business process management is at the core of business strategies for deploying flexible applications based on service-oriented architectures," explains Jean-Pierre Barbéris, General Manager of Bull Services and Solutions. "Having deployed open infrastructures based on Open Source - such as application or transactional servers - businesses are now seeking high-level orchestration solutions. Capitalizing on our know-how in middleware and bringing our innovative technology to this area, Bull is contributing to the development of Open Source in this important area."
A complete Open Source Web services orchestration engine conforming to the BPEL standard, for defining and executing business processes
Orchestra is now offering the first BPEL Open Source technology adapted to business-critical processes and advanced business process management (BPM). It is based on an Eclipse plug-in for process definition, and natively integrates an administration console, a real-time monitoring tool, and business recovery mechanisms.
The solution offers three main advantages:
Fully standard technology. Orchestra conforms to BPEL 1.1, and has been designed to anticipate and support BPEL 2.0 and BPEL J as soon as these two standards are finalized. In other respects, Orchestra supports protocols not based on SOAP such as JMS, JCA, Mail, etc.
A technology that is adapted to critical business processes. Designed to operate natively with J2EE application servers (JOnAS, JBoss, WebLogic, WebSphere, etc.) - in contrast to the majority of other industry standard Open Source Web service orchestration solutions - Orchestra provides outstanding robustness and interoperability.
Native integration with workflow tools. Orchestra can be natively integrated with Open Source workflow engines such as Bonita, etc. This enables a complete and totally standard BPM solution to be implemented for any type of process combining workflow and process orchestration.
Orchestra's code is pure Open Source, and will be freely downloadable, utilizable, and modifiable under LGPL license, so it can be reused for all types of application. The project will be hosted by the ObjectWeb consortium, in order to encourage further synergies with other Open Source projects and initiatives - such as ObjectWeb's ESB initiative, the Bonita workflow engine, and the JonAS application server, etc. - as well as to facilitate international contributions within the consortium and with other communities.
Bull will supply any organization that requires assistance with the necessary support and migration services, plus development and integration work in the framework of its Open Energy suite of Open Source services.
The solution has already been successfully deployed in several large companies.
"We needed a solution that combined business process orchestration and workflow for our business process management project," explains Bernard Bury, Chief Information Officer at SONACA, a major international aerospace group. "Dedicated to a critical process, this solution should be extremely robust. Having examined the proprietary and Open Source solutions currently available, JOnAS, Bonita and Orchestra clearly came over to us as being the solution best suited to our needs, and it won also in terms of price/quality/performance. Respect for native integration standards with a workflow tool at the heart of a global BPM solution informed our choice. The support offered by Bull was also one of the major criteria for Sonaca's choice of this solution."
"Orchestra completes the portfolio of Open Source enterprise middleware projects offered by ObjectWeb. Its BPEL orchestration technology will be an essential component of the consortium's ESB initiative, keenly awaited by the market, and today experiencing a rapid development," adds François Letellier, Executive Director of ObjectWeb. "In its capacity of co-founder, Bull is a key contributor to ObjectWeb on projects such as JOnAS, EasyBeans, Bonita and JOTM. We congratulate Bull's decision to offer the Orchestra technology to ObjectWeb, which reaffirms this commitment."
About Bull, an Atos company
Bull is the trusted partner for enterprise data. The Group, which is firmly established in the Cloud and in Big Data, integrates and manages high-performance systems and end-to-end security solutions. Bull's offerings enable its customers to process all the data at their disposal, creating new types of demand. Bull converts data into value for organisations in a completely secure manner.
Bull currently employs around 9,200 people across more than 50 countries, with over 700 staff totally focused on R&D. In 2013, Bull recorded revenues of 1.3 billion.
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