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Upcoming Webinar: Extending IBM Datapower to embrace Virtualization, Cloud, and Mobile

On Tuesday September 24 at 1pm Pacific/4pm Eastern, along with integration experts Middleware NZ, I am presenting a webinar about how you can leverage your IBM Datapower investment into this new world. Let's look at some of the background of this webinar:

Since the early days of SOA, it has been common to see IBM Datapower hardware appliances deployed for XSLT transformation, security, and integration. However, since those early days of SOA, we have seen a generational shift. These changes have resulted in many questions about how IBM Datapower appliances can be relevant this new world. Let's look at these changes one, by one

1. The Rise of Virtualization

IBM Datapower is the quintessential proprietary hardware appliance. At one point organizations valued proprietary hardware, because of perceived speed advantages. Now, rather than favoring proprietary hardware, organizations favor virtualization. Virtualization provides huge benefits in terms of management and agility. Many organizations standardized on a virtualized architecture some years ago, leaving their IBM Datapower boxes isolated as the only proprietary hardware product in their architecture. Although there are virtualization options for testing IBM Datapower appliances, if you want to deploy your Gateways in a virtualized environment, you need to look at other options.

2. The Rise of REST APIs

The proprietary hardware of IBM Datapower was focused on XSLT. XSLT, as the 'X' in the acronym suggests, was all about XML. Now, the world has moved on to REST APIs, with JSON largely replacing XML. In this new world, XSLT loses relevancy. How can you square your IBM Datapower investment with the new world of REST?

3. The new Heterogeneous World

At one point, CIOs chose only between the large "single stack" vendors for their architecture. Nowadays, the pendulum has swung back to best-of-breed. A big driver for this is developer-led technologies such as JQuery and node.js, as opposed to the monolithic J2EE (often imposed from the top-down) of the past. In addition, Identity Management is also now heterogenous, because rather than just connecting to a directory or to a proprietary access control system, you may have to connect to Facebook or Google for login, or support OAuth and OpenID Connect.

4. The Cloud

It goes without saying that organizations wish to leverage the Cloud services, such as Amazon's EC2, for cost savings, agility, and time-to-market. A proprietary hardware appliance has no place in the Cloud. However, there are clear requirements to use Gateway technology the cloud, for security, interoperability, and monitoring. In fact, there is a whole category of the Cloud Service Broker, which naturally uses Gateway products. How can you continue to use the established Gateway architecture, but apply it to the Cloud?

5. Mobile

Along with the Cloud, mobile is the biggest game-changer since the early days of SOA. It is intimately linked to REST APIs, which are so well suited to mobile consumption. If you wish to use a Gateway as a mobile backend, where do you start? How well-suited is IBM Datapower to this purpose?

I am pleased to be joined in this webinar by Vijay Akula, an IBM Datapower expert. Vijay will bring his considerable expertise to bear on the questions listed above. We will see how organizations can continue using a proven Gateway architecture, but apply it to the new world of virtualization, REST APIs, heterogeneity, the Cloud, and mobile.

The Webinar is on Tuesday September 24 at 1pm Pacific/4pm Eastern. You can register for the webinar here on the Axway website.

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Mark O'Neill is VP Innovation at Axway - API and Identity. Previously he was CTO and co-founder at Vordel, which was acquired by Axway. A regular speaker at industry conferences and a contributor to SOA World Magazine and Cloud Computing Journal, Mark holds a degree in mathematics and psychology from Trinity College Dublin and graduate qualifications in neural network programming from Oxford University.