Layer7 announced that its appliances will support Java-based custom assertions. Details are sketchy at this point but apparently Layer7 will provide a proprietary SDK for developing assertions. This could be much more powerful mechanism than XSLT-only facilities in IBM DataPower.

So how long before appliances begin supporting JBI and SCA components? The trick here of course is to make sure that an appliance is still a robust low-maintenance device that can’t be brought down by a rogue application thread. But if Layer7 was able to figure it out for Java in general (I wonder if they use a general Sun JDK or some kind of a special JDK build), there is no reason why an appliance can’t start supporting more advanced specifications such as JBI/SCA.