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From "Paul Fremantle" <pzf...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Synapse 1.1 release pr
Date Fri, 09 Nov 2007 16:53:44 GMT
Yoav

Thanks for the very good feedback.

I have included all of it in the updated document posted below.

Paul

*DRAFT :: HOLD FOR RELEASE :: DRAFT :: HOLD FOR RELEASE :: DRAFT :: HOLD FOR
RELEASE ::*

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*Contact:*

Paul Fremantle

+1 646 290 8050

Apache Web Services Project Management Committee

<pzf@apache.org>



*THE APACHE SOFTWARE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF APACHE SYNAPSE
v.1.1*

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*Improved Open Source ESB makes integration simpler and faster*



*FOREST HILL MD – **12 November 2007** – *The Apache Software Foundation's
(ASF) Web Services Project today announced the release of Apache Synapse
v.1.1, the second full release of the Open Source Enterprise Service Bus
(ESB). An easy-to-use, Open Source, lightweight ESB with first class XML and
Web Services management capabilities, Apache Synapse v.1.1 was developed to
form the basis of a flexible, standards-based Service Oriented Architecture
(SOA).



Following on from the v1.0 release in June 2007, the Apache Synapse team has
made significant strides: making Apache Synapse more robust, flexible and
capable. Responding to users needs and requests, the Apache Synapse team
have made a significant set of enhancements as well as increasing the
reliability, interoperability and robustness of the project.



"Apache Synapse v.1.1 adds significant capabilities for integration
including simple connectors for File, FTP, and databases that join the
already first class support for HTTP, SOAP and JMS", said Paul Fremantle,
Apache Web Services PMC Member and Vice President of Technical Sales at WSO2
Inc. "Apache Synapse is one of the fastest and most robust ESBs available.
With a focus on simplicity, ease-of-use and a small memory footprint, Apache
Synapse is a great choice for a Service Oriented infrastructure."



*OPEN SOURCE ESB*

Without requiring any coding, Apache Synapse v.1.1 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 created a new category of lightweight ESBs that offer a
simpler, more productive and pragmatic approach to SOA.



"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," explained Jason
Bloomberg, Senior Analyst at 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."


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*NEW FOR VERSION 1.1*

The key features of the new Apache Synapse 1.1 release are:

   - Support for scheduling and running regular tasks at set times of day
   or week, or on a repeating basis
   - Support for a wide variety of file systems including FTP, SFTP,
   WebDav, HTTP, ZIP and JAR files
   - Addition of new mediators for message augmentation using relational
   databases
   - Improved support for asynchronous, non-blocking HTTP – provides
   scalability under high load
   - XQuery capabilities for simple XML transformation and data
   extraction
   - Service caching can reduce load on backend resources and protect
   against denial of service attacks
   - Improved support for the "POJOs" – allowing users to create
   mediation logic without needing to understand the Synapse programming model.



*POWERFUL MEDIATION *

Apache Synapse v.1.1 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. Apache Synapse
v.1.0supports 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.



"In the complex world of Web Services, with lots of WS-* specifications,
Apache Synapse is a very welcome addition," said Tijs Rademakers, Apache
Synapse committer and Software Architect at Atos Origin. "With the
simple-to-use, but very powerful Apache 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."



*HIGHLY PERFORMANT*

Apache Synapse v.1.1 is one of the few Open Source ESB solutions that offers
a completely asynchronous, non-blocking model. This means that Apache
Synapse can scale up to handle thousands of connections without running out
of threads. Apache Synapse also uses the Apache Axiom technology to perform
content-based routing while avoiding unnecessary XML parsing. Initial
performance tests show that Synapse can provide service mediation on
standard 1k XML messages with less than 1ms overhead on standard hardware.



Apache Synapse v.1.1 can be downloaded from the Apache Synapse website at
http://ws.apache.org/synapse



*About the Apache Web Services Project*

With a nearly two dozen sub-projects in development and led by a
thirty-member strong Project Management Committee, the Apache Web Services
Project provides innovative, community-driven, Open Source Service Oriented
Architecture solutions under the auspices of The Apache Software Foundation.
For more information on Apache Web Services, visit http://ws.apache.org/



*About the Apache Software Foundation (ASF)*

Established in 1999, The Apache Software Foundation provides organizational,
legal, and financial support for a broad range of Open Source software
projects, including Apache HTTP Server -- the world's most popular Web
server software for more than a decade. The Foundation provides an
established framework for intellectual property and financial contributions
that simultaneously limits contributors' potential legal exposure. Through a
collaborative and meritocratic development process, Apache projects deliver
enterprise-grade, freely available software products that attract large
communities of users. The pragmatic Apache License makes it easy for all
users, commercial and individual, to deploy Apache products. For more
information, please see http://www.apache.org/



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