Vordel: Centralized Policy Management Infrastructure
Policy management is quickly becoming a core need when considering the implementation of operational and effective SOA implementations. However, many people don’t consider policy management until it’s too late, and difficult to retrofit. Indeed, the use and management of policies provide the central control mechanism that provides clear value when considering the return on investment of SOA. . Policies are as important to SOA as Services themselves, and they should be managed throughout their lifecycles as such.
Policy management requires operational lifecycle support, like any other development effort. Such management includes the migration through development, testing, staging, and finally the operations of the policy in the production environment. Moreover, policy management requires other facilities, including centralized logging of all critical metrics gathered during the policy operations, allowing the managers of the SOA implementation to gather key data points used to enhance operational efficiencies.