Please view the May 2009 CTP release for supporting instructional videos and documentation. While most previous samples can still be used with this release as is or with minor updates, there are some items (Security Guide & Service Bus samples) that will be enhanced or extended for this release in the near future.
The Managed Services Engine (MSE) is one approach to facilitating Enterprise SOA through service virtualization. Built upon the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and the Microsoft Server Platform, the MSE was developed by Microsoft Services as we helped customers address the challenges of SOA in the enterprise. The MSE fully enables service virtualization through a Service Repository, which helps organizations deploy services faster, coordinate change management, and maximize the reuse of various service elements. In doing so, the MSE provides the ability to support versioning, abstraction, management, routing, and runtime policy enforcement for Services.
- Reduced time-to-market for new services.
- Advanced service versioning.
- Service Policy enforcement.
- Service Enablement of legacy systems.
Enables independent ownership of the enterprise layers and better Service life Cycle management. Provides a centralized view of your cloud of enterprise services, treating these as a cohesive system instead of treating services as silos. Enables better visibility into service dependencies.
The December 09 CTP release is a minor update to the May 09 CTP release but direct upgrades are not supported. Backup your data and uninstall previous versions.
As always we look for feedback on how to improve the Managed Services Engine GUI, Model and overall functionality.
New Features and Enhancements
- Action attribute for individual Operations - allow fully qualified names to be different from common name and also allowing multiple operations of the same name to coexist through different FQN's
- Model Viewer Performance Enhancements - reducing the CPU demand of the WPF effects utilized by the Model Viewer
- SLA support for Resources and Assertion Types - allowing you to capture certain SLA attributes. Specific metrics include:
- Avg Response Time
- Max Response Time (e.g. worst case)
- Max Concurrent Users
- Minimum Lifespan (the soonest the component might be retired)
- Additional GUI's for out of the box assertion types
- Various bugs related to UI controls and model relationship resolution
- Corrected data entry errors in the REST import wizard
- Improved WSDL Import process for contracts referencing datasets
- Improved WSDL generation for additional "legacy" contract types
- Corrected UDDI 3.0 synchronization errors