Reactive architecture for hybrid cloud environments: Red Hat JBoss AMQ 7 is now available

Red Hat JBoss AMQ 7, now available, introduces a new reactive architecture, with an enhanced broker, a new interconnect router, and expanded client support. This new architecture is more responsive and increases both throughput and performance for messaging services.

The JBoss AMQ broker, based on Apache ActiveMQ Artemis, manages connections, queues, topics, and subscriptions. Using innovations from Artemis, the broker has an asynchronous internal architecture, which can increase performance and scalability and enable it to handle more concurrent connections and achieve greater message throughput. Additionally, the high availability topology for AMQ has been redesigned for a “share nothing” architecture — this removes the need for a centralized database or storage location and uses a distributed, highly available topology instead.

The new interconnect router allows unrestricted redundancy. The router automatically reroutes messaging traffic between data centers, cloud services, and geographic locations. As with the broker’s distributed data topology, the interconnect router is the core for distributed messaging services, which allows operations to have redundant, secure, and reliable connectivity and to optimize messaging between services.

JBoss AMQ 7 expands its support of popular messaging APIs and protocols by adding new client libraries (on top of its existing MQTT and AMQP support):

  • Java Message Service (JMS) 2.0
  • JavaScript
  • C++
  • .NET
  • Python

By creating a more distributed topology and broad protocol and language support, JBoss AMQ is a more reactive messaging platform and can support dynamic microservices and other application architectures.

JBoss AMQ is a lightweight, standards-based open source messaging platform designed to enable real-time communication between different applications, services, devices, and the Internet of Things (IoT). It also serves as the messaging foundation for Red Hat Fuse, Red Hat’s lightweight, flexible integration platform, and is designed to provide the real-time, distributed messaging capabilities needed to support an agile integration approach for modern application development.

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Go Anywhere API Management: 3scale API Management adds a Fully Containerized On-Premises Version

Today is a special day for the 3scale team at Red Hat. It’s been just 10 short months since the company joined Red Hat in the summer of last year and there has been a buzz of activity for the entire time.

One of the biggest new goals was to add a fully on premise version of the 3scale API Management product to the line up alongside the existing Software as a Service (SaaS) version. Hence the team is very happy to announce the availability of that new version which is now generally available. Get started looking at 3scale’s customer portal page.

Launching the on-premise version is special for two reasons. First, because increasing numbers of customers are now running large numbers of public and private APIs – often deep in their internal infrastructure. Deploying API Management in their own data center or in a cloud environment they own is often a key part of succeeding. Second, it is special because of the way on-premise is being delivered. Specifically the new product is shipping entirely on Red Hat’s powerful container management platform, OpenShift.

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Announcing: Red Hat Single Sign-On 7.1 GA Is Available

We are proud to announce general availability of Red Hat Single Sign-On 7.1 (RH-SSO). RH-SSO is a standards-based, out-of-the-box authentication, web single sign-on, and authorization service, which mediates between your enterprise user directory or third-party identity provider for identity information and your applications via standards-based tokens.

Documentation and downloads are available in the Customer Portal. RPM packages are available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and 7 systems through Red Hat Subscription Management.

Features and Highlights

OPENID CONNECT CERTIFICATION

The Keycloak version included in Red Hat Single Sign-On (RH-SSO) 7.1 conforms to the 5 OpenID Connect profiles: Basic, Implicit, Hybrid, Config, and Dynamic. Certification was achieved in Keycloak v2.3 (http://openid.net/certification/). Future RH-SSO versions will remain compatible with these profiles, unless documented otherwise.

 

CLIENT ADAPTER FOR RED HAT FUSE

RH-SSO 7.1 features a new client adapter for Red Hat Fuse, which enables securing web application archives (WARs), servlets, Apache routes and Apache CXF endpoints deployed on Red Hat Fuse, in both Apache Karaf and Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (JBoss EAP).

 

NODE.JS CLIENT ADAPTER

RH-SSO 7.1 includes a new Node.js client adapter, which enables use of RH-SSO 7.1 Server for authentication and web single sign-on for Node.js applications.

 

EXTERNALIZED AUTHORIZATION SERVICE

RH-SSO 7.1 introduces a new authorization service feature-set, based on the User Managed Access specification. This enables RH-SSO 7.1 Server to act as a policy administration point, policy decision point, or policy information point, separating the authorization logic from the application.

 

USER STORAGE SPI

RH-SSO 7.1 features a new user storage SPI that you can use to implement your own custom user storage federation provider, such as a relational or NoSQL database, to enable federation of users from any user store.

 

SSSD INTEGRATION

RH-SSO 7.1 adds an integration with System Security Services Daemon (SSSD) in Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.3. This enables use of SSSD as a user federation provider in front of a Microsoft Active Directory forest.

 

CLIENT REGISTRATION CLI

RH SSO 7.1 introduces a command-line interface (CLI) for developers to register client applications on RH-SSO Server.

 

Enhanced containerized integration services on OpenShift: Red Hat Fuse Integration Services

Updated and enhanced integration services are now available on Red Hat OpenShift. A containerized, formatted version of Red Hat Fuse 6.3 is now available for simplified deployments on OpenShift instances.

Technology is shifting so rapidly — from cloud-based architectures, Internet of Things and a variety of devices for interaction, new data streams, and mobile apps, to name a few — that organizations have to be able to create and deploy applications and process data quickly. Traditional, monolithic systems and top-heavy ESB-style integration approaches tend to be too slow and rigid to enable this level rapid innovation.

That is where an agile integration framework like Red Hat Fuse can be a foundational element in your IT and digital strategy. Agile integration has three core capabilities: distributed integration, containers, and an API-based architecture.

  1. Red Hat Fuse uses the lightweight distributed integration patterns of the underlying Apache Camel project.
  2. As part of the JBoss middleware services on OpenShift, Red Hat Fuse is available for rapid deployment within container and cloud environments. Red Hat OpenShift is based on Docker and Kubernetes. Container architectures allow developers to build and integrate traditional and microservices-based applications at scale quickly.
  3. Red Hat Fuse can be used together with Red Hat 3scale API Management Platform as an engine to develop and deploy APIs, both internally to development groups and externally for customer and partner ecosystems.

Integration technologies help organizations build on their existing infrastructures even as they pivot to new cloud-based and service-based architectures.

Features (and Benefits) at a Glance

  • Spring Boot support
  • Custom-developed, containerized applications based on Apache Camel 2.18
  • Integration with Hystrix and Zipkin microservices frameworks
  • An optimized integration environment for microservices applications on Red Hat OpenShift
  • Path to transition off existing Apache Karaf-based applications to cloud architectures
  • Consistent hybrid integration platform across their enterprise

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Red Hat launches 3scale APIcast – faster, flexible, open source API gateway

Dockerized version of APIcast 2.0 deploys on OpenShift for easier installation and operation in microservice environments

Today we’re happy to announce the general availability of Red Hat 3scale APIcast gateway 2.0. The APIcast gateway (NGINX-based) is open source and has served hundreds of happy customers over the last four years. Now we’ve taken it to the next level, supporting both a cloud gateway or hybrid model with an on-prem gateway. In fact, the new on-premise version introduces significant upgrades in terms of performance and flexibility. 3scale was the first in market with on-prem and now we are pleased to offer the second generation.

The API gateway, which is configured within 3scale’s Admin Portal, is part of the 3scale API Management SaaS offering. The Admin Portal allows customers to define desired authentication methods, set rate limits, get analytics on the usage of their APIs, and create a developer portal for their API consumers. APIcast 2.0  is the first of two on-prem releases. With the upcoming 3scale on-premise release, customers will be able to deploy the entire 3scale API Management Platform on-premises. Stay tuned!

Companies are increasingly migrating to microservices architecture, so the average number of API services managed with 3scale have significantly increased, and continue to do so. To accommodate to these requirements, APIcast changes the way it pulls the configuration from the Admin Portal. For starters, now it’s now possible to pull the configuration for just a subset of services. In addition, it makes it easier to automate the deployment of multiple gateways by providing the gateway configuration via a JSON file which can be fetched by an API. It also supports two environments out-of-the-box (staging and production) with options to enable always-up-to-date configs in staging, and control of updates in production. For example, you can set the reload config variable to true so it reloads the API gateway configuration with each request, which comes in handy during development phases.

Another big change introduced with APIcast 2.0 is the enhanced integration with Red Hat’s OpenShift Container Platform, which leverages Docker and Kubernetes for an easier deployment and DevOps experience. The new OpenShift template pulls the dockerized image of APIcast from the Red Hat container registry and lets you enable/disable key features of the API gateway by just changing the value of the corresponding template parameter.

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Announcing: Red Hat Single Sign-On 7.1 Beta Is Available

We are excited to announce beta availability of Red Hat Single Sign-On 7.1 (RH-SSO). RH-SSO is a standards-based, out-of-the-box authentication, web single sign-on, and authorization service, which mediates between your enterprise user directory or third-party identity provider for identity information and your applications via standards-based tokens.

Beta documentation and code downloads are available in the Customer Portal. RPM packages are available for Linux systems through Red Hat Subscription Management.

Features and Highlights

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Announcing Red Hat JBoss Data Virtualization 6.3

We are excited to announce the release of Red Hat JBoss Data Virtualization 6.3.

Data integration has always been challenging. Modern technology trends like big data and cloud, coupled with the need for more real time data access and analysis, are adding to the complexity facing enterprises today.

JBoss Data Virtualization is a data access and integration solution that offers an alternative to physical data consolidation and data delivery by allowing flexibility and agility in data access. Data virtualization creates a single logical view of data from varied data sources, including transactional systems, relational databases, cloud data stores, and big data stores.

What’s New in JDV 6.3

JBoss Data Virtualization 6.3 adds capabilities to help organizations integrate big data and provide high performance data access in real time.  The release notes cover the full features and enhancements for JBoss Data Virtualization 6.3. There are a number of new features to enable expanded connectivity, enhanced security and developer productivity support.

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Announcing Red Hat JBoss Data Grid 7.0

Red Hat JBoss Data Grid 7.0 is here.

This significant new release offers a variety of features which are designed for complex, distributed, and high-volume, velocity data requirements. JBoss Data Grid can support both on-premise and cloud-based infrastructures, and it can handle the near-instantaneous, complex demands of Internet of Things and big data environments.

What It Brings

JBoss Data Grid can be deployed in different architectures, depending on the needs of your environment. In addition to the traditional usage as distributed cache, in-memory data grids can function as the primary data store for applications or as a compute grid for distributed computing.

Data Storage

There are two use cases for using JBoss Data Grid as a data store:

  • Data caching and transient storage. As an in-memory data store for frequently accessed application data or for transient data, such as shopping cart information or session data. This avoids hitting transactional backend systems are frequently, which reduces operating costs.
  • Primary data store. Data Grid can function as a key-value store similar to a NoSQL database. This can be the primary data source for applications for rapid retrieval of in-memory data and to persist data for recovery and archiving. Applications can run data-intensive operations like queries, transaction management, and distributed workloads.

Computing Grid

Modern architectures require flexible, distributed, and scalable memory and data storage. Using JBoss Data Grid as a distributed computing grid can help support the most demanding architectures:

  • Scale-out compute grid and event-driven computing. Through storage node clusters, JBoss Data Grid can do a distributed architecture with application logic at each node for faster data processing and lower latency and traffic. This architecture also supports event-driven computing by executing application logic at the node as data are updated.
  • Big data and the Internet of Things. JBoss Data Grid can support massive data streams — hundreds of thousands of updates per second. The Internet of Things can have data streams from thousands of connected devices, updating frequently. Clustering and scale, application logic and processing, and both in-memory and persistent storage in JBoss Data Grid enable those big data architectures by managing those massive data streams.

Real-Time Analytics and Performance for Digital Business

DIgital transformation means that organizations are pushing into a new intersection between their physical goods or services and online, on-demand applications. This digital environment is reliant on data — and unlike previous generations, this technology uses -near live data streams rather than historical data collections.

JBoss Data Grid is a leading high-performance, highly-scalable, in-memory data grid. In-memory data grids provide a means of scalable memory so that even rapidly changing application data can be processed.  Better data processing and management enables organizations to make fast, accurate decisions using large data streams. JBoss Data Grid 7.0 offers a data foundation for real time analytics:

  • Low latency data processing through memory and distributed parallel execution
  • Data partitioning and distribution across cluster nodes for horizontal scalability
  • High availability through data replication
  • Shared data services for real-time and in-memory analytics and event processing

A Short List of Major Features

The release notes cover the full features and enhancements for JBoss Data Grid 7.0. There are a number of features for improved ease of use, real-time analytics, and language support:

  • Distributed streams, which uses the Java 8 Stream API to take complex collections of data and run defined analytics operations.
  • Resilient distributed dataset (RDD) and DStream integration with Apache Spark 1.6, allowing Data Grid to be a data source for Spark and to execute Spark and Spark Streaming operations on data in Data Grid.
  • Hadoop InputFormat/OutputFormat integration, so that Hadoop tooling and oeprations can be used with data stored in Data Grid.
  • New administrative consoles for cluster management to simplify common tasks for managing the cache, nodes, and remote tasks.
  • Control operations for clusters including graceful shutdowns and startup and restores from persistent storage.
  • A new Node.js Hot Rod client to support using Data Grid as a NoSQL database with Node.js applications.
  • Running remote tasks (business logic) on a Data Grid server from the Java Hot Rod client.
  • Support for a Cassandra cache store, which persists the entries of a distributed cache on a shared Apache Cassandra instance.

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JBoss EAP 7: An Enterprise-Grade Microservice Platform

Cross-posted from the Shadow-Soft blog.

As we move closer and closer to Red Hat Summit, so does the anticipated full GA release of JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP) 7.  For those of you who are unaware, JBoss EAP is the market leading commercially supported open source Java EE application server.  Over the last decade, JBoss has come a long way in terms of improving performance as well as truly innovating in regards to the way applications run and are managed.  With the release of EAP 7 comes a host of new features including full support of Java EE 7 and Java SE 8.

With the growing interest of Linux containers and the rising usage of Docker globally, Red Hat aimed to redesign EAP 7 to feature an extremely low-memory footprint for high density deployments.  Furthermore, EAP 7 has also been upgraded to reduce start-up time and optimize networking port utilization making it truly ideal for running within Linux containers.  Most importantly though, we at Shadow-Soft are truly excited about the latest JBoss sub-project, Wildfly Swarm.

Wildfly Swarm helps fit EAP into a containerized world by enabling end-users to package Java EE application with just enough WildFly (The upstream project of JBoss EAP) components into a single standalone jar file.  That’s right, you’ll be able to run your application as “java -jar myapp.jar”  making deployments far more simplistic and small than previously possible.  This empowers you to selectively choose the features you want included within your deployment.  This may seem a bit odd to traditional Middleware administrators, but this type of packaging fits perfectly into a Microservice architecture where applications & services are automatically being dispersed across a one or multiple data centers.  If you’re interested in learning more about the latest technology, contact us today.

Gain Competitive Advantage and Engage Customers with EDB Postgres and Red Hat JBoss

The world is experiencing the greatest information explosion in history:

  • 90% of the world’s data was created in the last five years, and most of it is unstructured. The volume, velocity, and variety of data are unprecedented.
  • Gartner says by 2020, 25 billion connected things will be generating data 24x7x365.

This incredible expansion in the volume, velocity, and variety of data is the engine driving the torrid pace of innovation that we experience today. Companies everywhere strive to understand more about their customers through data, and are then trying to use that data to better service their needs.  This data, when coupled with analytics and new applications that can be developed quickly and then easily updated, drives competitive advantage. Enterprises that harness the power of this data with new applications better and faster than their competitors will lead their industries.

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