Red Hat brings SOA to the cloud

Red Hat's JBoss Fuse Service Works 6 provides a way to integrate systems using the best practices of service-oriented architectures

Rounding out its set of software for connecting enterprise applications, Red Hat has released additional software for its JBoss Fuse enterprise service bus that provides the basis for building service-oriented architectures.

The new software "sets the stage for faster and easier business process project development," said Sameer Parulkar, Red Hat principle product marketing manager for JBoss integration products.

The product is designed to "create a flexible services framework to hide the complexity of integrating different applications," Parulkar said.

While SOA was widely advocated by IT consultants and architects in the past decade, fewer IT vendors are talking about the concept these days. Nonetheless, the approach could be useful for organizations as they move their operations to the cloud, Parulkar said.

"We're seeing a re-emergence of this concept. As workloads move from on-premise to cloud, they still need integrations between different end-points. You need an easy way to integrate applications together," Parulkar said.

The release of JBoss Fuse Service Works 6, the first commercial release of the software, also provides an alternative to the Oracle SOA Suite and the IBM Integration Bus, both of which offer overlapping functionality.

Acquired by Red Hat in 2012 through the purchase of FuseSource, the JBoss Fuse enterprise service bus (ESB) provides a messaging bus that can be used to share data and create workflows across different enterprise applications. JBoss Fuse is built on the open source Apache Camel integration framework. Apache Camel itself relies on the Apache ActiveMQ message broker and the Apache CXF Web services framework.

JBoss Fuse Service Works provides additional tools to help administrators manage complex workflow environments that run on JBoss Fuse. It includes SwitchYard, which provides an service orchestration interface for building workflows and defining business logic. It provides tools for establishing and enforcing organizational policies, and exposing services so they can be found elsewhere in the organization.

The package also includes tools for business transaction monitoring, which captures performance metrics of services. Such information can be useful in establishing and meeting SLAs (service level agreements) as well as for helping in fine tuning services for better performance.

The SOA approach advocates decomposing monolithic applications into individual discrete services, so they can be reused in other applications and cobbled together to build composite applications.

A service can be something like, say, an order status service that provides an update of the status of an order once it is placed. Another service could be an inventory check, which could query back-end inventory management systems to see if a particular product is in stock.

"The underlying information being captured could be from multiple data sources and applications," Parulkar said.

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Joab on Twitter at @Joab_Jackson. Joab's e-mail address is Joab_Jackson@idg.com

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags middlewaresoftwareEnterprise application integrationdata integrationRed Hat

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Joab Jackson

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?