Fault-Tolerant Business Processes
Service-Oriented Computing (SOC) paradigm promotes the idea of assembling application components into a network of loosely coupled services. Web services are the most promising SOC-based technology. A BPEL process definition represents a composite service that encapsulates some complex business logic including the invocation to other (external) web services. The complexity of a BPEL process together with the invocation of external services subject to network and computer failures requires countermeasures to tolerate this kind of failures. In this paper, the authors present an overview of FT-BPEL, a fault-tolerant implementation of BPEL that copes both with failures of the machine running the BPEL process and network failures in a transparent way, that is, after a failure the system is able to resume the BPEL process consistently.