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XAware Upgrades Open Source Integration Tools

Enhancements include better text processing and support for REST operation creation and testing.
XAware has released the first upgrade of its data integration tools since taking the software open source late last year.

The enhancements within XAware 5.1 have been influenced by contributions from the open-source developer community, the company said. Enhancements include better text processing and support for REST operation creation and testing. REST, or representational state transfer, is a style of software architecture for distributed hypermedia systems, such as the World Wide Web.

Other improvements include enhanced XML schema management and validation, better MySQL and DB2 stored procedure support and a new JMX BizComponent for greater monitoring control, according to XAware. In general, the enhancements, available as of last week, are designed for faster development and delivery of composite data services.

XAware released its integration middleware as an open source product in November 2007. The product is freely downloadable under the widely used GPLv2 license at the community site www.xaware.org. More than 150,000 copies of the software have been downloaded, according to XAware.

XAware is not alone in the open source integration market. Competitors include Jitterbit and Paris-based Talend. XAware makes money through support subscriptions, starting at $2,000 per server, per year for nine-hour-a-day/five-day-a-week support on the GPL product. An enterprise subscription is $25,000 per server, per year, with 24/7 support and run-time management modules.