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Intelligent Virtual Services – a SOA testing breakthrough

02-09-2012 04:38 AM CET | IT, New Media & Software

Press release from: Grid-Tools

Development and testing teams in large, data-driven organizations are constantly faced with numerous challenges when it comes to implementing changes to SOA (Service-Orientated Architecture) frameworks. Having little control over systems and databases is a way of life for most testing teams, and the reasons why is simple to explain but until now has been difficult to address.

“Developers and testers work within the constraints of large, complex infrastructures, containing numerous cross-system dependencies,” explains Huw Price, Managing Director of Grid-Tools.

“A lack of access to systems, inconsistent responses based on the same input and little control over up- and cross-stream data are all factors that impact on the quality of testing and the speed at which developers can work.”

There are tools in the market that allow users to record and playback message streams and whilst they can help to create more stable environments, they are not able to build complex data, based on rules and templates, needed to improve the quality of test cycles.

In addition, some problems cannot be solved by simply playing back data from past traffic, for example, an upstream or cross-system WSDL that has not been written yet or a response that should return a new ID each time it is called, not a recorded value.

“It became clear to us that virtualization is the route that will deliver the optimal solution,” said Huw Price, “however, although existing virtualization products offer a degree of control, they still require developers to create static data in spread sheets, or maintain complex scripts or write code.”

These are problems that can now be solved with the introduction of Intelligent Virtual Services™ (IVS,) the new SOA virtualization solution from Grid-Tools.

IVS uses a virtual service layer to replicate the behaviour of HTTP, MQ and JMS message system. This virtual layer eliminates the constraints of cross-system dependencies in traditional SOA testing. By creating a virtual service layer, IVS enables testing teams to work in a stable, isolated environment, minimising disruption and delays in waiting for data to flow downstream. The result is high quality, efficient SOA message testing and development.

IVS also allows users to create stubbed responses (also called virtual endpoints), either through echo or record and playback responses. However, where IVS differentiates itself from its competitors is by utilising the power of Grid-Tools' Enterprise Data Masking™ and Datamaker™ solutions in combination with the powerful Portus SOA gateway from Ostia to provide fully compliant, intelligent, fit for purpose virtual responses for SOA testing and development.

“By using an IVS virtual layer, the quality, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of SOA testing will be largely improved,” says Huw Price, “We are confident that Intelligent Virtual Services™ will transform the way SOA testing is being delivered and organizations will see a significant improvement to their bottom line.”

About Grid Tools Limited
Visionary and innovative, Grid-Tools has developed test data management strategies for some of the largest international organizations and its experienced personnel have been writing and developing solutions for companies in both the private and public sectors for nearly 30 years.

Specializing in test data generation, data masking and test data management solutions and tools, Grid-Tools has re-defined how organizations go about provisioning secure, high quality data for testing and development.

The Grid-Tools Datamaker suite includes a wide range of tools and solutions for complete test data management. Its signature solution, Datamaker, creates and publishes test data with the referential and business integrity of production environments for testing and development.

About Ostia Software Solutions
Ostia Software Solutions is an Irish technology company providing infrastructure to access, discover and extract, manage and control data. The company’s flagship product, Portus, addresses customers who have considerable wealth of data / information locked up in ‘legacy’ or ‘heritage’ systems with a wide range of underlying technologies, database systems, operating environments and access mechanisms. Portus empowers business access to corporate data resources that are complete, consistent, current, authoritative and consistent.

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