Thursday, October 12, 2006

Mercury launches new software testing products

Mercury released on Monday two testing products, an upgrade of the Systinet component registry, and new SOA management capabilities within the Business Availability Center, a suite of software management tools. SOA is a type of distributed computing in which standards-based interfaces are used to connect application functionality. Data is traded by way of technology based on extensible markup language, or XML.

SOA, formerly called distributed objects architecture, was often used initially to carry data to in-house Web portals. The technology is gradually moving up the IT food chain to handle integration of supply-chain applications between companies, and to automate in-house business processes.

With the increasing complexity has come the need for better tools to manage the spider web of components, often called services, trading XML data packets. Mercury starts its mission with version 2.1 of Systinet 2, a registry and repository with a set of governance capabilities that include service publishing and discovery, policy management, contract management, interoperability and lifecycle management.

On the testing side, Mercury unveiled its new Service Test 8.1 and Service Test Management products. The former conducts both functional and performance tests for services, and the latter manages the process of testing new services and service changes.

Service Test Management is an integrated module of Mercury Quality Center 9.0. The new tool can be used to perform service test planning, execution, defect evaluation and analytics.

Service Test is a standalone product built on Mercury’s LoadRunner technology for testing applications. The new product can automatically generate tests for services without graphical user interfaces; and can perform functional, boundary, compliance and interoperability testing.

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