The Petals services platform extends ObjectWeb ESB initiative with a JBI container as a core element to build standard based integration solutions. Built on top of Celtix, the project adopts a highly distributed integration approach, in which many JBI containers running on different Java Virtual Machines (JVMs) achieve location transparency via a JMS based transport layer. In a next step, the platform is expected to provide specialized B2B bindings enabling organizations to expand their information systems beyond their physical and business boundaries.

In June 2004, ObjectWeb launched the “ESB initiative�, a market-driven process intended to let vendors build offerings relating to business integration and based on open source middleware. In the frame of this initiative, the Celtix project has been initiated by Iona to deliver a Java ESB runtime and set of extensibility APIs.

Petals issued a proof of concept that can be downloaded to play with.

The development team expects to deliver a first JBI platform by the end of the year. A first prototype is available on ObjectWeb’s web site. It embeds JORAM, a message oriented middleware for JMS support. Petals also targets integration with JOnAS, a J2EE(tm) 1.4 compliant enterprise application server from ObjectWeb.