December 8, 2003 2:14 PM PST
SeeBeyond slims down integration software
The company is using the term "enterprise service bus" (ESB) in the name of its latest product. The phrase is used to describe a software package that uses Java messaging and XML-based standards to transport data between business applications.
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SeeBeyond said it is charging $10,000 per processor for its software. In an effort to undercut rivals, SeeBeyond is bundling add-ons with the eInsight ESB package, including its business process integration software.
Interest in relatively inexpensive, standards-based integration software has picked up over the past few years as corporations have sought alternatives to traditional enterprise application integration (EAI) software, which can cost more than a million dollars.
IBM earlier this year said it would introduce its own ESB product called Services Integration Bus, which is set for delivery by the middle of 2004. SeeBeyond Chief Technology Officer Ross Altman said that products from Sonic Software, Cape Clear Software and PolarLake are also competitors of SeeBeyond's eInsight Enterprise Service Bus.
Other traditional EAI software companies are investing in newer technologies to offer lower-cost integration options. WebMethods in October purchased a number of companies, including a Web services start-up The Mind Electric, to boost the company's offerings around standards-based integration.