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.
IBM has announced Websphere Portal Server 6.0, it's entry level Portal offering which includes a Portlet design tool, basic SSO, personalization-rules, configurable security policies, built in search, the ability to host multiple distinct sites off one instance, WSRP, and JSR 168 Portlets. InfoQ spoke to IBM to find out more about Portal development in the enterprise.
IBM has been quietly working on ObjectGrid, a distributed cache product as part of their Websphere Extended Deployment platform which also runs standalone with any server. Some key differentiators include transactional access, authorized cache access via JAAS and scalability to 100's. An limited eval version of ObjectGrid is available.
IBM has released WebSphere 6.1 to it's customers (free trial download not available yet), marking a signficant release that updates the server with J2SE 5, JSF 1.1, 64 bit, JMX management via JSR 160, support for WS-Addressing, Notification, Business Activity, WS-I Security Profile 1.0, and more. The release comes a year and a half after the J2EE 1.4 compliant WebSphere 6.0 was released.