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As business life gets more complex, with a network of relationships with customers, partners, and suppliers and the pace increases with more and more acquisitions, mergers, and consolidations, we need a way to manage the complexity of achieving service reuse and business agility across departments and channels. Federation is a key to managing this complexity. SOA is the foundation for an environment where agility and reuse are central. It supports:
The key is to manage the sharing of the right set of services between service domains—rather than everything being shared by default or nothing being shared at all. Service Federation offers a middle ground that enables true scaling of SOA by allowing service domains to evolve at their own pace and avoiding “sharing overload” to potential consumers, while managing the sharing of selected services according to service consumer needs and overall enterprise policies.
Governing a federation is similar to governing services in a single service domain. Someone (typically the service owner) should be able to “approve” the use of a service by another service domain.
In the Cloud, service federation may also be employed, following the use of SOA and the implementation of SaaS solutions made up of SOA services. The federation in that case may deploy services across data centers, private, and public clouds.
Read more by downloading this free white-paper PDF on Service Federation Management.