Web Services Reliable Messaging (WS-ReliableMessaging)

Web Services Reliable Messaging (WS-ReliableMessaging) describes a protocol that allows messages to be delivered reliably between distributed applications in the presence of software component, system, or network failures. The protocol is described in this specification in an independent manner allowing it to be implemented using different network transport technologies. To support interoperable Web Services, a SOAP binding is defined within this specification. 

WS-ReliableMessaging became an OASIS standard in 2007.

Also see Web Services Reliability (WS-Reliability). Yes, the names are confusing. See a Cover Page on the two specifications.

Organizations: IBM, BEA, Microsoft, and TIBCO. In 2005, their version was submitted to OASIS.

More information: Web Services Reliable Exchange (WS-RX) TC page on the OASIS website

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The Savvy Manager's Guide

Douglas K Barry is also the author of a book that explains Web Services, service-oriented architecture, and Cloud Computing in an easy-to-understand, non-technical manner.

Web Services, Service-Oriented Architectures, and Cloud Computing: The Savvy Manager's Guide

Web Services, Service-Oriented Architectures, and Cloud Computing: The Savvy Manager's Guide (Second Edition)

by with David Dick

This is a guide for the savvy manager who wants to capitalize on the wave of change that is occurring with Web Services, service-oriented architecture, and—more recently—Cloud Computing. The changes wrought by these technologies will require both a basic grasp of the technologies and an effective way to deal with how these changes will affect the people who build and use the systems in our organizations. This book covers both issues. Managers at all levels of all organizations must be aware of both the changes that we are now seeing and ways to deal with issues created by those changes.