18.3. Summary

XTS provides a coordination infrastructure which allows transactions to run between services owned by different business, across the Internet. That infrastructure is based on the WS-C, WS-Atomic Transaction and WS-Business Activity specifications. It supports two kinds of transactions: atomic transactions and business activities, which can be combined in arbitrary ways to map elegantly onto the transactional requirements of the underlying problem. The use of the whole infrastructure is simple, because its functionality is exposed through a simple transactioning API. XTS provides everything necessary to keep application and transactional aspects of an application separate, and to ensure that a system's use of transactions does not interfere with the functional aspects of the system itself.