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White Paper SOA and Virtualization: How do They Fit Together?
 
SOA and Virtualization: How Do TheyFit Together?
A White Paper from BEA and VMware
 
White Paper SOA and Virtualization: How do They Fit Together?
Introduction.............................................................................................................................................................................1What is SOA?............................................................................................................................................................................1Benefits of Adopting the SOA Approach.........................................................................................................3Lessons Learned from Early SOA Implementations...................................................................................3What is Virtualization?........................................................................................................................................................4Key Connection Points between SOA and Virtualization.............................................................................7 The SOA Software Lifecycle............................................................................................................................................91. Development of the Service-Oriented Architecture............................................................................9SOA, Virtualization and System Testing....................................................................................................102. Deployment of the SOA......................................................................................................................................10Release Management..........................................................................................................................................10Management of an SOA-based System in Production...................................................................10Performance of SOA Services in Production.........................................................................................11Rapid Provisioning.................................................................................................................................................11Provisioning on the Hardware.......................................................................................................................13Provisioning Virtual Systems versus Physical Systems to Support a Service......................13SOA Service Initial Placement.........................................................................................................................13SOA and Infrastructure Orchestration...................................................................................................................14 The Infrastructure as a Service........................................................................................................................14Applying Shares and Resource Pools to SOA Services....................................................................14Defining Service Oriented Infrastructure (SOI).....................................................................................15SOA and SOI Interoperating Together......................................................................................................15Key Questions to Ask When Embarking on SOA and Virtualization...................................................16How to Get Started on SOA, SOI and Virtualization......................................................................................17Conclusion.............................................................................................................................................................................18
 
White Paper SOA and Virtualization: How do They Fit Together?
Introduction
Industry discussion on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and virtualization positions them asseparate, though related, topics today. Because of the wealth of public discussion on eachtechnology, IT managers may wonder whether they are in any sense connected to each other. Infact, the technologies that come with virtualization can be seen as the key enablers for theflexibility promised by SOA. This paper establishes the technical links between these two populardevelopments in enterprise computing.Enterprises are pursuing both of these developments with great speed and at the same time,although perhaps in different departments. SOA is of interest mainly at the business and technicalarchitecture levels, whereas virtualization is principally the concern of the datacenter managementand applications systems deployment groups. These communities are often separated from eachother in the organization and are frequently driven by separate goals. Business and IT want toachieve greater agility in their business processes and applications, whereas datacentermanagement wants to reduce costs by consolidating computing, storage and network infrastructure. These seemingly disparate concerns meet at the enterprise architect’s, chief information officer’sor systems release manager’s desk, where the mapping of SOA-based applications to thevirtualization platform needs to be quite clear. The deployment platform of choice is fastbecoming a virtual one, so that enterprise architects have to think about mapping
their
newly-developed SOA services to that virtual platform.
 
 The enterprise architect
’s
position is often wherethe development teams, pursuing their SOA strategy, meet the deployment teams, who are busyimplementing virtualization in the datacenter and consolidating. The big questions then center onhow SOA-based systems can best be mapped to a virtualized implementation, what theconnection points are between them, and how one can make optimal use of the other. This paper lays out the basics for how these two developments in the industry, and thetechnologies underlying them, can complement each other, if implemented correctly.
What is SOA?
 There are many definitions for Service-Oriented Architecture in current use. The most widelyaccepted definition is that SOA is a set of architectural principles that help build modular systemsbased on “services” or units of IT functionality. These services, either at the business or technicallevel, are offered by one party, the service provider, and consumed by another. This idea of a well-defined “contract” that is fulfilled by a provider and used by another consuming party is central toSOA principles. Providers and consumers can reside in the same organization or in separate ones –even in separate companies. The definition given here does not prescribe a particular form of technology for implementation of SOA, and the SOA services should be independent of their underlying implementation. Figure 1shows the contrast between the traditional “monolithic” application construction scheme and themove to applications as service consumers, where the commonly-used services are extracted fromthe applications into a service
 
repository. A definite benefit of this change is that the applicationlogic diminishes in size. The numbers of business applications that make use of a common servicelargely determine that success of that service – if it is used only once, then it does not qualify as aservice at all. However, the more applications that use it, the more pressure there is on the serviceto perform well and to adapt in a robust way to changing use patterns over its lifetime.1

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