I briefly tweeted a few Fridays ago about one of the new products IBM announced at the start of this month.
Regular / long-term readers will know that WebSphere Message Broker is one of my technology specialisms – it’s a product that I’ve been working with for 8 or so years now, through various versions. A few days ago I also mentioned in passing about the new version of WebSphere Service Registry and Repository. Both of these products are part of my day job, working in product strategy and development in IBM Hursley.
So let’s just review the announcements in the WebSphere Connectivity portfolio, and pick out some my favourite new features and enhancements.
- WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition v7.0.2 – extension of platform support, enhanced security, richer scripting, and bridges to FTP and SFTP. As Ben says, it’s “cram-packed… with lots of good stuff!”.
- WebSphere Message Broker v7 – w00t! :-) further simplification of components and prerequisites, a much enhanced administration interface, a multitude of new nodes, better integration with WMQ v7 (pubsub and HA), slicker integration with the BPM suite through SCA support… this product just keeps getting more streamlined, refined, and functional.
- WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus v7 (and Process Server and Integration Developer) – currency with the WebSphere Application Server and MQ platforms, support for the new Service Federation Management features, Open SCA support, and Business Space widgets.
- WebSphere MQ Low Latency Messaging v2.3 – enhanced high-reliability and self-management.
- WebSphere DataPower firmware v3.8.0 – lots of enhancements here, but some of the nicer things I spotted in the release notes are the improved load balancing, WMQ v7 support, JSON and REST handling, and more B2B capabilities on the XB60 appliance.
- WebSphere Service Registry and Repository v7
- WebSphere Service Registry and Repository Advanced Lifecycle Edition v7 – taking these last two together, WSRR v7 offers some great improvements in integration with products such as Rational Asset Manager and Tivoli Composite Application Manager (ITCAM) for SOA and the Change Configuration Management Database, REST and ATOM interfaces, the new Service Federation Management Console for cross-domain management and sharing of services, and widgets that work within the Business Space framework to offer an easy-to-recompose business interface to services and policies. As I mentioned the other day, I’ve been working closely with my colleagues in the WSRR team recently and this is shaping up to be a great update.
Take a look at the announcement letters for individual products for full details of what to expect.