Features

The Holodeck B2B message service handler is an open source implementation of ebMS 3 and AS4. Among its features are:

  • Multi platform, tested on Linux, Windows and MacOS
  • XML based configuration
  • File based back end integration
  • One-Way/Push and One-Way/Pull message exchange patterns
  • Option to include refToMessageId in a user message to enable easy reference of related messages
  • Two-way messaging configurable in p-modes
  • Multi-hop messaging
  • AS4 Compression
  • AS4 reception awareness
  • Support for both synchronous and asynchronous Error and Receipt Signals
  • Messages without attachments sent as single part messages and not SOAP with attachments
  • Multiple submitters
  • Multiple receivers
  • Multi party configuration possible
  • Message delivery configuration in P-Mode with support for specific delivery options for receipt and errors
  • Generic P-Modes. Only define the parameters common to a set of messages in the P-Mode and supply the remaining details when the message is sent
  • XML based P-Mode configuration
  • Flexible configuration of pulling
  • All received ebMS error signals are logged, even if they can’t be processed or are not for Holodeck B2B
  • Automatic message purging after a configurable number of days
Compliance
Holodeck B2B is fully AS4 compliant and also complies with the following AS4 profiles:
  • e-SENS
  • ENTSOG
  • EESSI
  • Superstream
Security
  • Security controls are configured in P-Mode, i.e. per message exchange
  • Signing and encrypting the message using WS-Security version 1.1.1
  • Support for XML Encryption 1.1 *  and XML Signature 1.1
  • Certificates can included as binary security tokens or referenced using their Issuer and Serial Number or Subject Key Identifier (as defined in WS-Security X.509 Certificate Token Profile)
  • Message authorization of both User Message and Pull Requests based on WS-Security Username Token
  • Authorization of Pull Requests based on the X.509 Certificate used for WSS Signature
  • AS4 Non-repudiation of receipt
  • Trust store to hold the certificates of trusted Certificate Authorities
  • https via external proxy
  • Authentication of push and pull messages including non-repudiation receipts.
Extensibility and customisation
Many custom options can be added using the provided API, for example:
  • Add your own persistency layer
  • Customisable backend integration like Web Services, JMS or even AS4
  • Event framework to enable additional notification to external components
  • Add custom P-Mode validations to ensure correct configuration, for example correct use of domain specific values
Performance
  • fast: calculated throughput of 10.000 messages / hour out of the box
  • small and light weight
  • large messages (up to 2GB per attachment)
Quality
  • clean and well-documented code
  • full unit test coverage
  • integration tests for One Way Push and One Way Pull
  • flexible, easily extensible through API
  • easy to use and set up
Integration
  • File based back end integration included
  • Customisable backend integration like Web Services, JMS or even AS4 using the API
  • Event framework to enable additional notification to external components

In the detailed profile conformance overview you can see how Holodeck B2B conforms with the three profiles defined in the AS4 specification: ebHandler, Light and Minimal Client.