An SOA will eventually become the backbone of your business. The business case for it is too compelling for it to be otherwise. The more central your SOA becomes to your business, the more you will require an effective set of management tools. The SOA attributes of loose coupling and decentralization of service modules mandate a centralized control structure. The ideal end result is for your SOA to be loosely coupled but tightly managed.
Existing network management tools that are not designed for SOA management are inadequate to manage an SOA for the following reasons:
They are usually binary in nature; they can tell if an application is up or down. Applications are now composed of interacting modules; information about the health ...