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Orchestration Director Engine (ODE) Becomes Apache Top Level Project

Intalio BPEL Engine Becomes Apache Top Level Project

Apache Software Foundation Promotes ODE Project from Incubator

Palo Alto, California, USA. September 12, 2007.

Intalio, Inc., The Open Source BPMS Company, today announced that its open-source BPEL process engine named Orchestration Director Engine (ODE) has recently graduated from the Apache incubator to a Top Level Project. ODE was contributed by Intalio to the Apache Software Foundation in July 2006, following Intalio's acquisition of FiveSight Technologies.

"We're very proud to be working with the Apache Software Foundation on this exciting new project," said Ismael Ghalimi, Intalio CEO. "We're joining a group of less than 55 Top Level Projects, 7 of which have been started with donations made by Intalio over the past 8 years. Having ODE developed within the Apache community should help bring BPM 2.0 to a more mainstream audience, which is very much along the lines of Intalio's mission in the marketplace."

This graduation marks an important milestone in the development of Intalio|Server, which is built on top of the ODE engine. ODE is the only open-source BPEL engine currently available under a liberal open-source license and supports all versions of the BPEL specification (1.0, 1.1, and 2.0). Built upon this foundation, Intalio Server is the fastest and most scalable process engine currently available on the market, capable of supporting hundreds of thousands of different process models deployed on the same server, and hundreds of millions of process instances running concurrently on a single CPU.

The ODE engine is now part of the Apache Software Foundation's collection of enterprise-class servers, among which is the market-leading Apache HTTP server, which according to Netcraft serves more than 50% of the world's Web pages. ODE version 1.1 is available for download from

About Apache

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, incorporated in Delaware, USA, in June of 1999. The ASF is a natural outgrowth of The Apache Group, a group of individuals that was initially formed in 1995 to develop the Apache HTTP Server.

About Intalio, Inc.

Intalio is the leading vendor of Open Source BPMS and helps over 10,000 organizations around the world get the most return on investment from their Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) by developing and deploying new business processes without having to write code. Founded in July 1999, Intalio is a privately-held, venture-backed company located in Palo Alto, California. For more information on Intalio, please call 650-596-1800 or visit


Intalio, Inc.
Heather Johnson
Tel: +1 650-596-1800


About Apache ODE

Apache ODE (Orchestration Director Engine) executes business processes written following the WS-BPEL standard. It talks to web services, sending and receiving messages, handling data manipulation and error recovery as described by your process definition. It supports both long and short living process executions to orchestrate all the services that are part of your application.

WS-BPEL is an XML-based language defining several constructs to write business processes. It defines a set of basic control structures like conditions or loops as well as elements to invoke web services and receive messages from services. It relies on WSDL to express web services interfaces. Message structures can be manipulated, assigning parts or the whole of them to variables that can in turn be used to send other messages. More about the specification can be found on our WS-BPEL page.


  • Side-by-side support for both the WS-BPEL 2.0 OASIS standard and the legacy BPEL4WS 1.1 vendor specification
  • Supports 2 communication layers: one based on Axis2 (Web Services http transport) and another one based on the JBI standard (using ServiceMix)
  • High level API to the engine that allows you to integrate the core with virtually any communication layer
  • Hot-deployment of your processes
  • Compiled approach to BPEL that provides detailed analysis and validation at the command line or at deployment
  • Management interface for processes, instances and messages

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See also "Business Process Execution Language for Web Services (BPEL4WS)."

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