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How Service Virtualization can substitute an Endpoint Registry

A consumer can lookup the address of a Web Service in a registry. This was the initial idea of UDDI shown in lots of diagrams like the following:


Figure1: The Publish, Lookup, Invoke Model

Unfortunately UDDI did not gain a lot of popularity. Most of the Web Services do not publish their endpoint addresses into a registry and most of the consumers cannot lookup an address. As a consequence a regisrty for endpoints isn't really an option for most of the deployments. Let's see how we can hide location details of a service without a registry. A service proxy is placed between consumer and provider.


Figure2: Service Proxy

The service is physically deployed at the host server7.predic8.de into an Axis2 Web Service engine. The address of the service is:
http://server7.predic8.de/axis2/services/articleservice
The service proxy exposes the service at a different location that hides details of the deployment:
http://services.predic8.de/ArticleService
The consumers can bind to this address instand of the physical one. If the service now moves to a different address only the configuration at the service proxy must be modified. No modifications are needed at the clients.


Figure3: Relocation of a Service

The URL of the service proxy never changes. So there is no need to lookup an endpoint address. As a consequence we need no registry.

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