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From "Paul Fremantle" <>
Subject Apache Synapse 1.0 Press Release
Date Tue, 08 May 2007 12:18:55 GMT

Here is the preliminary press release I've put together for the 1.0.
Comments please!


Open Source SOA Framework becomes full Apache project and releases 1.0

For Immediate Release --

Contact:  -- May XXX, 2007 --
The Apache Software Foundation today
announced that the Apache Synapse project has released its first full
version, Apache Synapse 1.0. Synapse recently
graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a full Apache project,
as part of the Web Services PMC.
Apache Synapse is a easy-to-use and lightweight XML and Web Services
management and integration broker that can form the basis
of a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Enterprise Service Bus (ESB).

Apache Synapse is built on the foundation of the highly successful
Apache Axis2 project, and it offers the ability to
mediate, manage and transform XML messages between different applications.

The Synapse project has released a number of milestones since its
inception in 2005, and this release is the culmination of this open
source communities efforts.
"We are very pleased to have released the 1.0 version", said Paul
Fremantle, VP of Technical Sales at WSO2 and
a committer on the project. "Apache Synapse is a great piece of
technology, helping users to build a Service Oriented Architecture
more easily and quicker than without this project. The 1.0 release
signals that we are ready for mainstream users to start getting the
benefits of Synapse."


Apache Synapse aims to help organizations build Service Oriented
Architectures based on Open Source and Open Standards. Using a simple
configuration based approach, Synapse allows users to add a whole new
level of control to their
existing integration links, as well as create new links between
applications, without rewriting existing code.

Apache Synapse has defined a new model for SOA and ESBs based on
lightweight XML mediation.
"While the common pattern for commercial SOA infrastructure software
consists of fully featured, but often complex products with underlying
code from various vintages, open source SOA infrastructure products
tend to be lightweight and highly tuned for the specific job at hand,"
said Jason Bloomberg, Senior Analyst, ZapThink. "Now that Apache
Synapse is a full Apache project, organizations implementing SOA now
have access to a lightweight, high performance Service intermediary
solution that can serve as an ESB if necessary, but can just as easily
provide distributed intermediation as part of a lightweight,
high-speed, standards-based SOA infrastructure."

The Apache Synapse 1.0 release offers a wide range of mediation
capabilities, including support for a number of open standards,
including XML, XSLT, XPath, SOAP, HTTP, JMS, Web Services Security,
Web Services Reliable Messaging (WS-RM), SMTP and Web Services
Addressing. Synapse supports a number of useful functions
out-of-the-box without programming, but it also can be extended
using popular programming languages such as Java,
JavaScript, Ruby, and Groovy.


Apache Synapse makes it really simple and easy to manage advanced
standards such as WS-Security and WS-ReliableMessaging.
"In the complex world of Web Services, with lots of WS-*
specifications, Apache Synapse is a very welcome addition", said Tijs
Rademakers, Software Architect for Atos Origin and a committer on the
project. "With the simple-to-use, but very powerful Synapse
configuration language, implementing functions like transformation,
validation and routing is a breeze. Even dealing with complex
standards like WS-Addressing, WS-Security, WS-Policy and WS-Reliable
Messaging becomes easy."

Synapse can be used in a number of situations, including bridging
between SOAP and non-SOAP system, offloading support for WS-RM and
WS-Security, logging and monitoring
interactions, content-based routing and more. Synapse can also form
the core runtime of an SOA governance solution.
The team has recently added support for remote registries making it even easier
to integrate Synapse into a wider SOA solution.


Because Apache Synapse is a lightweight Open Source component, it is
very simple to integrate it into wider solutions.
"In the SOA integration space, we found that Apache Synapse was
exactly what we needed," said Michael Clovis, VP, Development,
Mindbridge Software. "We required a lightweight mediator for Web
Services to embed into our products. The system had to be able to act
as an integration bus while at the same time serving as a product that
we could use internally to build our forge site. Mindbridge found that
Apache Synapse met all of its needs perfectly. "In fact", said Clovis,
"the development team commented that they were particularly impressed
by the Synapse's ability to act as a reliable tested proxy, a smart
client and as a Gateway server". This flexibility gave Mindbridge the
ability to deploy in all phases of its business model. Mindbridge's
expertise is corporate data compliance using Open Source software, and
Apache Synapse met the Mindbridge's security and reliability
guidelines, while leaving the smallest footprint of the products the
company tested. Add to that extensibility, Spring support, and an
educated, helpful user base and Apache Synapse is a winner for
Mindbridge now and in the future.


Apache Synapse is one of the few Open Source ESB solutions that offers
a completely asynchronous, non-blocking model. This means that Synapse
can scale up to handle thousands of connections without running out of
threads. This loosely coupled model means that Synapse can perform
useful facilities like load-balancing and failover management without
becoming a bottleneck itself. Synapse also uses the Apache Axiom
technology to ensure that messages are mediated with the least
possible processing. For example, Synapse can perform content-based
routing using XML headers while avoiding unnecessary parsing of the
body of the message. Initial performance tests show that Synapse can
provide service mediation with less than 1ms overhead on standard

Apache Synapse 1.0 can be downloaded from the Apache Synapse website


goes here

Paul Fremantle
VP/Technology, WSO2 and OASIS WS-RX TC Co-chair

"Oxygenating the Web Service Platform",

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