Forrester Research has just released a new 171-criteria evaluation of enterprise service bus (ESB) vendors, which finds that Progress Software, Oracle, Software AG, IBM, and TIBCO Software have the most-focused ESB and service-oriented-architecture- (SOA-) related strategies, the most-mature tooling, and the greatest flexibility in deployment and configuration.
In an exclusive InfoQ article, IBM's WebSphere CTO Jerry Cuomo outlines the 10 top technology direction he envisions for the WebSphere product line in 2009, including Business Mash-ups, a Middleware-as-a-Service offering, cloud support, WAS.NEXT and REST support in multiple products.
Christina Lau introduces IBM’s vision for BPM-as-a-Service: a light-weight BPMN based scripting engine for RESTful services. This vision is well in line with products currently on the market. The product is incubated at Project Zero and will eventually be deployed with WebSphere sMash.
In this interview, Jerry Cuomo talks about Virtualization and Cloud Computing and what IBM is doing with WebSphere Virtual Enterprise to help virtualize middleware and application stack. He also explains the progression of virtualization using virtual servers, collection of servers, and virtual clusters. Jerry mentions that next release of WebSphere Version 7 will have a virtual appliance option.
In this interview, Billy Newport talks about different types of virtualization, eXtreme Transaction Processing (XTP) and how WebSphere products like WebSphere Virtual Enterprise (formerly XD) support virtualization. He discusses hardware, hypervisor, JVM, application and data virtualization.
It is easy to think that virtualization applies only to servers. In reality the concept is being applied at a variety of levels including networking, storage, and application infrastructure.
Object Lifecycles (a.k.a State Machines) have been for the most part ignored by developers, architects and business process practitioners alike. A group of researchers from IBM Zurich has just released an Object Lifecycle modeling tool that complements and link with executable Business Process models.
At IBM IMPACT this week, IBM announced a several new and re-randed upgraded products dealing with virtualization (Virtual Enterprise), clustering & caching (eXtreme Scale), complex event processing (Business Events), and RESTful web apps (sMash). InfoQ spoke to various execs and product managers to find out more.
When it comes to web services interoperability between .NET and Java, the choice used to be limited to SOAP over HTTP. Two new options recently became available in this area: WebSphere MQ (WMQ) and ActiveMQ transports can now be used for building interoperable web services between Java and .NET.
PowerShell is starting to gain acceptance with major players. IBM has announced that WebSphere MQ can now be managed using PowerShell. WebSphere objects such as Channels, Listeners, Queues, and Services can be created, examined, and modified from the command line. IBM's WMQ blog has posted a series on how to perform these actions.
IBM WebSphere Application Server recently established new heights for SPECjAppServer2004 benchmarks in performance and scalability. InfoQ was able to talk to Andrew Spyker and John Stecher of IBM about the results and the benchmarking process.
IBM announced a wide update to its SOA product line and services offerings. In addition, it published a large collection of white papers, presentations and labs as part of the SOA Sandbox.
OSGi is a Java modular development specification. OSGi is used in a wide variety of applications, from mobile phones to enterprise servers and the Eclipse IDE. In this interview, Peter Kriens explains where OSGi came from, what sorts of applications it's useful for, integration with Spring, the JSR 277/294 debate, and the future of OSGi.
In this NoFluff talk, Mark Richards tells us what an ESB is, its role, what capabilities it provides, and the various ways an ESB can be implemented. He takes a close look at the JBI specification (JSR-208) and explains what impact it will have with the ESB world. This will teach you how to determine your own specific requirements for an ESB and then match these requirements to the product space.
Solution providers are holding off on Java EE 5 development until the major application server vendors release compatible updates. Dr. Dobb's reports that while Sun's Java System Application Server has support and BEA's WebLogic is close, IBM lags behind.