Many enterprises have invested in Oracle* Fusion Middleware for their SOA implementations, sometimes along with other SOA enabled applications such as Web 2.0, Content Management, Business Process Management, etc. As applications are born from this stack of software you start to realize (or further realize) the importance of the total management lifecycle for this new type of application suite. These demands can grow significantly, especially if you've attemped to deliver many at once, often called 'Big Bang SOA'.
The discussions take many forms such as: "What is governance?", "How do I apply it to my service architecture"?, "What vendors are relevant?", "What standards are relevant?", "What features and capabilites matter most in practical deployments?"
Intel's working definition of SOA is that it is a design practice with a strong technology focus, especially on XML, virtualization, manageability (governance), and multi-core processing. Intel SOA Expressway is a core constituent of Intel's approach for implementing Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) in an enterprise. With the emerging trend of XML and Web Services, it is critical to define best practices and design principles behind SOA that address the evolving requirements of modern data center and to align the software architecture with data center architecture.