Fujitsu Limited, Hitachi, Ltd., and NEC Corporation have announced that they are making available as open source their jointly developed messaging software that implements the Web Services Reliability (WS-Reliability) standard, a messaging specification for Web services designed to ensure superior reliability. The software will be available for download free of charge at the Web site of the Information-Technology Promotion Agency, Japan (http://businessgrid.ipa.go.jp/rm4gs/index-en.html).
Last year, a group of IT vendors including Fujitsu, Hitachi and NEC, issued a draft of the WS-Reliability specification, and have worked with OASIS, the standards organization, to have it designated as an industry standard. The specification passed a public review and the final voting stage held by OASIS members, with OASIS formally adopting it as an official standard on November 15. The three companies began their participation in the standardization work with the objective of promoting standardization in the Web services domain. To further the adoption of the WS-Reliability standard, the three companies disclosed the software's source code, releasing it as open source. Since July of 2003, the three firms have jointly pursued the development of middleware software for the realization of grid computing as part of the Business Grid Computing Project promoted by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). The software was developed as part of this project.