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An SOA Disconnected Operations Architectural Framework

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000179576D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Feb-17
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Feb-17
Document File: 4 page(s) / 46K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This invention is based on the ability to provide connectivity via ‘peer units’ in order to continue receiving and transmitting information that is necessary for the disconnected unit’s operations. Defined is a hierarchical structure that may be employed to realize these capabilities. When communication with the central location is lost, regional level facilities may provide adequate services and support.

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An SOA Disconnected Operations Architectural Framework

In many real-life circumstances, there exists a situation where a "business unit" or organization branch may be isolated or geographically separated or operating on a segregated network from the central organization. In these situations, the distant unit or branch still maintains connectivity with the central organization in order to provide reports and receive relevant information from the central organization. It can be inferred that this is a distributed operating environment, where the distribution may imply geographic separation or simply network segregation.

In situations like this, the "separated unit" must continue operating even when connectivity with the central organization is disrupted. Typical scenarios may include retail stores that lose connectivity with the main enterprise, however, the retail store still needs to complete customer transactions. The loss of connectivity with the main office should not disrupt commerce operations. Similarly, one can imagine an army unit losing connectivity with the central command, however, the unit still needs to have enough information available in order to continue its operation. Many such situations can be described.

The invention described below proposes a framework and solution that address all 'disconnected operations' scenarios, not just a retail scenario. The invention enables disconnected units to continue operating and provides a means by which connectivity and communications can occur even if the connection to the main branch is not available.

In one embodiment, a retail store may have connectivity to multiple locations and may utilize services from various locations. The invention is based on the ability to provide connectivity via 'peer units' in order to continue receiving and transmitting information that is necessary for the disconnected unit's operations. Defined is a hierarchical structure that is employed to realize these capabilities. When communication with the central location is lost, regional level facilities can provide adequate services and support. In the event that regional support is not available, then neighboring 'peer units' can be used to provide a mesh network for connectivity.

This invention leverages a policy and rules engine to identify the current master to continue disconnected operations, uses a registry to identify the newer service end-points based on the policies and rules for master-peer communication and continued disconnected operations and uses peer synchronization and delegation based brokering for peer-to-peer communication. In addition, this communication for master-per delegation is based on a set of pre-identified policies and rules. This invention supports disconnected messaging based on pre-identified polices and rules, uses context aware, location based services providing a mechanism for service entitlement, allows the system to prio...