Monday, November 29, 2004

App Servers No Longer Needed

This is a good blog post from Peter Yared on the evolution of the application server.

I'm in the .NET world where our app server is a bit more of a logical concept than in J2EE, where you might use JBOSS or WebLogic or Websphere. Still, an interesting read.

His take on things is correct I think. We don't need an application server in the middle when all we're doing is throwing XML around from one service endpoint to another. I do, however, think we probably need some sort of manager or broker in the middle to handle things like security, management, etc. This might be an ESB, it might be a SOAP control broker or the like, or something home grown which simply centralizes the services management.