by Richard Monson-Haefel
Don Box, one of the founding fathers of Web Services, provides a good overview of Microsoft's GXA (Global XML Architecture) which is essentially a suite of Web services infrastructure protocols. In my opinion, GXA will probably become the basis for standardized SOAP-based infrastructure protocols through out the industry, not just Microsoft. Recently, WS-Security, which is a part of GXA, was submitted to OASIS. I believe the rest of the protocols will also end up under the auspice of OASIS, which is good, for everyone involved.