Red Hat Integration Customers Showcase Their Accomplishments at 2019 Red Hat Summit

We just wrapped up Red Hat Summit and it was a great time! Thank you for those of you who were able to attend and we hope to see those who couldn’t in San Francisco next year!

Customers using Red Hat Integration capabilities were recognized and showcased their relationships with Red Hat. BP and Emirates NBD were honored as Red Hat Innovation Award winners for their technological achievements and demonstrated creative thinking, determined problem-solving and transformative uses of Red Hat technology. Ally Financial and Banco Galicia received honorable mentions for the Innovation Awards as well. In addition to the Innovation Award winners and honorable mentions, multiple Red Hat Integration customers spoke about their respective paths to success. These customers included the Government of Canada, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) Bank, Spark New Zealand, Deutsche Telekom IT and Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT).

BP was selected as an Innovation Award winner for modernizing their complex technology infrastructure by building a self-service platform and a DevOps culture. BP utilized Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, and other Red Hat technologies, to build their Application Engineering Services’ Digital Conveyor. The Digital Conveyor empowers product delivery teams with self-service capabilities, a DevOps approach and a continuous integration/continuous delivery pipeline.

Emirates NBD was named an Innovation Award winner for its implementation of a cloud-native platform and agile methods to offer customers personalized, always-on digital banking. Emirates NBD established their own scalable private cloud platform, Sahab (White Cloud), with the flexibility to accommodate a future hybrid cloud model. Emirates NBD built Sahab on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and employs other Red Hat technologies like Red Hat 3scale API Management, Red Hat Fuse and Red Hat AMQ. With the new platform, Emirates NBD is able to manage over 500 APIs and is able to more easily integrate and collaborate with third parties including FinTechs, government institutions and technology partners.

Ally Financial was recognized as an Innovation Award honorable mention for creating a containerized hybrid cloud platform to support cloud-native application development and adopting DevOps practices to increase collaboration, innovation and efficiency. Ally Financial needed to be able to develop and deploy releases faster and with greater reliability to satisfy their customers’ needs for speed and efficiency. Ally Financial used a range of Red Hat technologies and services including Red Hat Fuse, Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, Red Hat OpenShift Application Services and Red Hat Consulting to develop the new platform and adopt practices to improve time-to-market, increase agility and strengthen its competitive advantage.

Banco Galicia was chosen as an Innovation Award honorable mention for streamlining its digital services by migrating its channels and back-end systems to a unified, cloud-native, omnichannel platform. This platform supports collaborative agile development, provides cross-environment workloads and offers more secure integration with existing banking systems. Banco Galicia has taken advantage of Red Hat Integration products including Red Hat 3scale API Management, Red Hat Fuse,  Red Hat AMQ and Red Hat Data Grid to simplify digital services. This simplification has produced an improvement in customer experience while seeing a decrease in application downtime and estimating a decrease in development costs.

The Government of Canada examined overcoming API challenges by building a central API hub for government departments to publish and monitor their APIs using Red Hat 3scale API Management and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

CIBC Bank described how they built an optimal architecture for open banking by using service mesh and API gateways. They also laid out how to balance creativity and standardization while building a culture focused on speed and innovation.

Spark New Zealand discussed how they navigated a company-wide journey of agile transformation and migrating from a legacy, proprietary integration platform to a container-based, open source, agile integration solution utilizing Red Hat AMQ, Red Hat Fuse and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

Deutsche Telekom IT spoke about harnessing agile integration to empower internal development teams to deliver services faster in a consistent and standardized way by building a next-generation integration platform using Red Hat Fuse and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

SWIFT chronicled how they integrated customers’ back office functions with SWIFT functions to help ease customer pain points. SWIFT chose Red Hat Fuse, Red Hat AMQ and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform to be embedded in the main messaging client application which hundreds of financial institutions use to exchange millions of financial messages each day across the SWIFT network.

This is just a small sample of the successes customers across industries are having with Red Hat Integration. Agile integration and the application environment are having profound impacts on institutions around the world. We at Red Hat are standing by to help you make the next (or first) step in your digital transformation.

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Announcing AMQ Streams: Apache Kafka on OpenShift

Cross-posted from the Developers Blog. See the session at Red Hat Summit on Apache Kafka and AMQ data streams on Thursday, May 10, at 11:15.

We are excited to announce a Developer Preview of Red Hat AMQ Streams, a new addition to Red Hat AMQ, focused on running Apache Kafka on OpenShift.

Apache Kafka is a leading real-time, distributed messaging platform for building data pipelines and streaming applications.

Using Kafka, applications can:

  • Publish and subscribe to streams of records.
  • Store streams of records.
  • Process records as they occur.

Kafka makes all of this is possible while being fast, horizontally scalable and fault tolerant. This makes Kafka suitable for a large range of use cases, including website activity tracking, metrics and log aggregation, stream processing, event sourcing, and IoT telemetry. The forthcoming AMQ Streams product will provide Red Hat customers with a supported offering for running Apache Kafka on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

As more and more applications move to Kubernetes and OpenShift, it is increasingly important to be able to run the communication infrastructure on the same platform. OpenShift as a highly scalable platform is a natural fit for messaging technologies such as Kafka. But with AMQ Streams, our target is not to just run Apache Kafka on OpenShift, but rather AMQ Streams makes running and managing Apache Kafka “OpenShift native.”

Uniting the massive scalability of Kafka on an elastic platform like OpenShift involves resolving a number of technology challenges:

  • Kafka brokers are inherently stateful, because each has its own identity and data logs that must be preserved in the event of restarts.
  • Updating and scaling a Kafka cluster requires careful orchestration to ensure that messaging clients are unaffected and no records are lost.
  • By design, Kafka clients connect to all the brokers in the cluster. This is part of what gives Kafka its horizontal scaling and high availability, but when running on OpenShift, this means the Kafka cluster cannot simply be put behind a load-balanced service like other services. Instead services have to be orchestrated in parallel with cluster scaling.
  • Running Kafka also requires running a Zookeeper cluster, which has many of the same challenges as running the Kafka cluster.

AMQ Streams simplifies the deployment, configuration, management and use of Apache Kafka on OpenShift using the Operator concept, thereby enabling the inherent benefits of OpenShift, such as elastic scaling. An Operator is an application-specific controller that extends the Kubernetes APIs and combines them with domain-specific knowledge and makes it easy to run and manage complex applications.  Developers and administrators used to OpenShift’s declarative approach to resource provisioning can now enjoy those same benefits when working with Kafka, Kafka Connect, and Kafka topics.

AMQ Streams makes it easy to:

  • Deploy a complete Kafka cluster, at the scale that suits you, with the click of a button or with a single oc create command.
  • Deploy the Kafka topic right alongside the microservice that uses it.
  • Scale up the partitions of that topic.
  • Trivially scale up and and down the Kafka cluster according to load.

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AMQ Streams is optimized for running on OpenShift (as opposed to regular Kubernetes). Not only does it benefit from Red Hat’s years of experience and in-depth knowledge gained from developing and running OpenShift, but there is, for example, special support for building Kafka Connect clusters with the user’s own Kafka Connect plugins. Further, OpenShift-specific features and Red Hat product integrations are anticipated, with the overall aim being a seamless experience with full support from the OpenShift fabric up.

Unsurprisingly, because Red hat is the world’s leading provider of open source technologies for the enterprise, AMQ Streams is fully open source and based on the Strimzi project.

The Developer Preview, which is being made available to interested customers this week, provides the foundation for running Kafka on OpenShift. Interested customers and other interested parties are invited try it out, give us their feedback and, if desired, collaborate on the open source Strimzi project to help shape the future direction of AMQ Streams on OpenShift.

If you’re lucky enough to be in San Francisco this week for Red Hat Summit, then you can hear a lot more about AMQ Streams (and the broader Red hat AMQ product) at the following sessions:

  • Running data-streaming applications with Kafka on OpenShift
    Tue May 8, 1:00 PM–3:00 PM, Moscone South 156
    Marius Bogoevici, Paolo Patierno, Gunnar Morling [L1099]
  • Red Hat AMQ overview and roadmap
    Wed May 9, 11:45 AM–12:30 PM, Moscone West 2011
    David Ingham, Jack Britton [S2802]
  • Introducing AMQ Streams—data streaming with Apache Kafka
    Thu May 10, 11:15 AM–12:00 PM, Moscone West 2014
    Paolo Patierno, David Ingham [S1775]
  • Red Hat AMQ Online—Messaging-as-a-Service
    Thu May 10, 1:45 PM–3:45 PM, Moscone South 214
    Ulf Lilleengen, Paolo Patierno [W1098]

We expect to release further previews as we iterate towards the general availability release, which is planned for later this year.

Please give it a try and let us know what you think.

 

Why are our Application Platform Partners succeeding in Digital Transformation?

Last year we set out to start the Application Platform Partner Initiative with the objective to enable deeper collaboration with partners focused on application platform and emerging technologies. We planned to create a collaborative go-to-market strategy between Red Hat and participating partner organizations focused on optimizing the value chain for application development and integration projects.

The Application Platform Partner Initiative focuses on Application Development-related and other emerging technology offerings, which revenue increased 42% in our last fiscal year up to $624 million. Partners like the APPs are contributing to this growth and we are happy to see the momentum continuing, and their trust on Red Hat as a strategic partner. What started out as a pilot has developed into a fully fledged initiative with 28 partners across North America, who are as committed as we are to the role opens source plays at the core of digital transformation.

As part of the success of this initiative, for the first time this year, we have created the Application Platform Partner Pavilion in Red Hat Summit.  Arctiq, Crossvale, Kovarus, Levvel, Li9, Lighthouse, OSI, Shadow-Soft, VeriStor and Vizuri will join us this year in the pavilion. Don’t miss a chance to get to know the advanced solutions they have created on top of Openshift and Red Hat Middleware products, which they will be showcasing at Red Hat Summit. Check out, for example, Arctiq Value Stream Mapping (VSM), Crossvale CloudBalancer for Red Hat® OpenShift or Vizuri log aggregation solutions.

These partners are delivering a strong investment in enablement, and commitment in their go-to-market alliance with Red Hat, including co-marketing and sales collaboration. As some examples of planned activities, Arctiq is running a Modern Mobile App Development event and Crossvale an OpenShift roadshow).

Levvel has been an active participant in the APP program, doing joint webinars, customer workshops and panel discussions to promote Red Hat emerging technologies. As a result, they have influenced and closed quite a few customers and have a long list of potential opportunities. Don’t forget to attend their coming up event “App Transformation Workshop: Monoliths to Microservices”!

Shadow-Soft has been particularly focused on growing the customer base with our OpenShift and JBoss product family with innovative sales and marketing strategies that are turning into a growing pipeline of opportunities, and running events around digital transformation.

Veristor joined recently the APP program and is growing rapidly their different practices around OpenShift and Red Hat Middleware, like DevOps and Agile Consulting, Services and Software Development practice.

OSI, an international company with a long experience with JBoss, is also growing in the US and have worked on an Agile Integration demo environment focusing on JBoss Fuse Integration platform to support their customer engagements, including integration with cloud and on-premise systems. Try to attend their “Monoliths to Microservices: App Transformation Workshop” right after Summit.

Vizuri has been a Red Hat partner for over 10 years. Having delivered more than 120 JBoss-related engagements, their JBoss experience and expertise helps customers reduce risk and improve time-to-value, while avoiding project delays and unplanned downtime. You can’t miss their take on How To Manage Business Rules In A Microservices Architecture using OpenShift and JBoss BRMS.

Having recently joined the APP program, Astellent has heavily invested in enablement and marketing, while achieving exciting customer success. Read their views on the newly launched Red Hat Decision Manager 7.

Lighthouse has been helping businesses with the right mix of Red Hat’s public, on-premises, and hybrid cloud technologies, customizing them to fit their unique business needs. They have also been active with unique marketing events like the one with the Red Sox coming in May.

As you can see, APP partners are working closely with Red Hat to establish a sales, marketing, and delivery practice around Red Hat technologies, including Red Hat JBoss Middleware, Red Hat OpenShift, and Red Hat Mobile Application Platform.

In the words of John Bleuer, VP, Strategic Partners, North America, “I am thrilled that as year one of the program ends, the sophistication of our partner solutioning and delivery abilities has increased dramatically; many partners are working with us in industry and line of business (including healthcare, payments, and e-commerce); other partners are adding sophistication into the DevOps / automation practices with Openshift, Jenkins, and Ansible, while others are honing their skills delivering app modernization and integration & BPM solutions in a cloud native environment, containerized in OpenShift.  It’s an exciting time at Red Hat”.

The market is looking to digital transformation initiatives to grow and maintain competitive advantage. Challenges range from confined platforms to complex architectures, from rigid processes to lack of agility. Together with our partners, we can play a critical role to help our customers overcome those to become growing, competitive organizations.

We hope to see you at Red Hat Summit checking them out, as well as at the Red Hat Summit Ecosystem Expo!

Red Hat OpenShift Application Runtimes: Delivering new productivity, performance, and stronger standards support with its latest sprint release

Red Hat OpenShift Application Runtimes is a collection of cloud-native application runtimes that are optimized to run on OpenShift, including Eclipse Vert.x, Node.js, Spring Boot, and WildFly Swarm. In addition, OpenShift Application Runtimes includes the Launch Service, which helps developers get up and running quickly in the cloud through a number of ready-to-run examples — or missions — that streamline developer productivity.

New Cache Booster with JBoss Data Grid integration

In our latest continuous delivery release, we have added a new cache mission  that demonstrates how to use a cache to increase the response time of applications.  This mission shows you how to:

  1. Deploy a cache to OpenShift.
  2. Use a cache within an application.

The common use case for this booster is to cache service result sets to decrease latency associated with data access as well as reduce workload on backend service.  Another very common use case is to reduce the data volume of message send across in distributed system.

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Summit Notes: Tuesday Morning General Session

If you missed it, the keynote speeches are available on the Summit page or on YouTube.

“You don’t need to focus on technology. You need to empower your developers.”

There are certain patterns in the middleware / application development tracks for Red Hat Summit this year, and they revolve a lot around microservices. That makes a certain kind of sense (microservices are the new hotness in app development), but it’s also reflective of a larger current in technology, a continuing push toward … something.

In his opening keynote, Red Hat EVP Paul Cormier noted that one of the themes of Summit 2016 was “dev and ops coming together through common architectures, processes, and platforms.” This echoes major trends in technology — DevOps and architectures, process, and platform as a unifying IT strategy — and yet none of these concepts are really new. Two decades ago, there were developers and operations, there was enterprise architecture, application platforms, and internal processes. So what’s new and what is bringing the urgency now?

I think the difference comes down to speed (and eventually differences in degree become differences in kind). Twenty years ago, an application was released yearly, sometimes even every couple of years. A patch or security update could take a few months to move in the pipeline from development to testing to production.

Now customers expect patches for security vulnerabilities within hours of them being detected, and the expanding number of applications (from consumer mobile apps to internal systems to IoT devices) means that enterprises have potentially dozens of touchpoints and hundreds of services to maintain.

The “modern” part of modern application development isn’t in the app — it’s in the speed.

This year’s Summit kicked off with three interlocking demos, each showing the different paths and progressions that an IT environment will face as they juggle modernizing existing applications and creating new ones within a heterogeneous (and dynamically changing) ecosystem.

 Lifting and Shifting (Windup)

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Summit Prep: Containers

Containers, as a technology, bridge two critical aspects of modern application development: process (e.g., DevOps) and platform. This means that containers are a part of pretty much any long-term technology vision because they enable changes in how applications are architected, how teams interact, and how development cycles run.

The containers track at Red Hat Summit covers that range of topics, from the operational side of using containers to the architectural side of working with containers in microservices environments.

Challenges in a microservices age: monitoring, logging, and tracing in OpenShift

Thursday, 4:30, 105

Even new technologies still need to cover the basics of security and maintenance. While emerging technologies and architectures are more nimble and dynamic by being distributed, that increased complexity affects both security and maintenance. This looks at different options within OpenShift for managing enterprise-scale deployments of containers.

Red Hat container technology strategy

Tuesday, 11:30, 153A

This looks at some of the trends and emerging projects related to containers and orchestration.

From monolith to containers: How Verizon containerized legacy applications on OpenShift

Tuesday, 4:30, 153B

Unless you’re a startup, you already have existing infrastructure and apps that are central to your business. No matter how cool or innovative new technologies look, there is always the underlying question — how do you move from here to there? This looks at a proof-of-concept environment at Verizon and what lessons they’ve learned on transitioning from monoliths and legacy apps to containers and microservices.

 

A container-platform approach to digital transformation and DevOps

Thursday, 11:30, 154

Part of the reason that containers are so closely aligned with DevOps, conceptually, is because changing your technology only gets you so far — you really have to change your processes (your culture). This looks at that union of process and platform as central to digital transformation.

 

Summit Prep: Integration

Integration is the multi-syllabic yet succinct way to say “getting a bunch of different things to work together usefully.” Looking at the integration track for Red Hat Summit, integration is the theme, but there are as many different paths as there are things to be integrated. This spans everything from messaging to API management to IoT — basically any system that requires things to communicate.

These are the sessions jumped out at me.

The three pillars that apply agile to integration

Tuesday, 3:30, 151A

One emerging phrase is “agile integration” — basically the ability to integrate things in fast moving environment. This explores three capabilities that are critical for integration to be agile: distribution, containers, and APIs.

Red Hat iPaaS – integration made easy

Tuesday, 4:30, 151B

“iPaaS” is the acronym for “integration platform as a service,” and is essentially shorthand for saying that different Red Hat integration projects are available as native OpenShift images — containerized integration.

Building secure IoT solutions

There are two challenges for IoT that conflict with each other — the need for security and the need for devices and services to communicate with each other. Addressing those challenges requires several different paths of integration, each bringing its own level of security and its ability to integrate different aspects of an environment, including Fuse (integration and messaging), BRMS, and 3scale API management.

Introducing JBoss AMQ 7

AMQ 7 introduces a new, more flexible architecture, including a new router component for automatic traffic routing and rerouting, a new high availability design which doesn’t require a centralized data store, and new messaging protocol support.

Summit Prep: Process Driven Apps

The “process driven” part of process driven applications is fascinating because of how many different things it touches — complex event processing, low code development, DevOps processes. BPM is an engine for completely different and unique application workflows; and it also unites business analysts and developers in a unique way by visualizing or applying business logic within application designs.

There is a separate business automation track at Red Hat Summit, and a scan of the different session titles hints at the diversity of concept and application that falls under “automation.” These are just some of my favorites; check the catalog for the full list.

Transforming a process driven enterprise into a digitally engaged enterprise

Tuesday, 11:30, 157B

This looks at automation as a step beyond being responsive to events and as a point where customers can directly engage with an application (and organization).

A design approach to bridge DevOps and business automation

Tuesday, May 2, 3:30

DevOps is usually aligned with containers because of the need to rapidly and repeatedly spin up identical instances and environments for development, testing, and production. But if BPM is the intersection of business analytics and development, then there needs to be a way for the process and rules design to be as iterative and nimble as a DevOps environment.

End to end BPM

Wednesday, 3:30, 153C

This looks at an integration between Signavio’s modeling tools and JBoss BPM Suite as a business process engine.

Thyssenkrupp: Workforce optimization with business resource planner and OpenShift

Wednesday, 10:15, 153C

One of the core roles of BPM is workforce management, effectively and responsibly allocating people across an enterprise. This is an interesting session because it looks at the real life, practical application of BPM within a large enterprise and how they successfully created a dynamic system tat continuously incorporates changing data and patterns. Who doesn’t love a story with a good ending?

Using real-time data to enable real-time analytics

Tuesday, 10:15, 156C

This looks at in-memory computing and architectures that keep data “at the edge” of the environment for more responsiveness.

Summit Prep: Application Development Sessions

As they say, Red Hat Summit is for developers. (And also architects, IT managers, operations, CTOs … it’s pretty diverse.) There year, there are several tracks dedicated to application development, from slightly different perspectives:

There are almost 350 different sessions, labs, and demos at Red Hat Summit, and over 100 just on application development and delivery — and they cover an amazing variety of topics. The ones that grabbed my attention most seem to be clustered around microservices (there ain’t no service like a microservice cause a microservice don’t stop!), but that goes back to my fascination with architecture and the underlying design of things. Check out the entire catalog, and you can create your own best-of list.

Developing microservices with Wildfly Swarm and Eclipse MicroProfile

Thursday, 11:30, 151B

There are two very cool projects covered here: WIldfly Swarm, which is a JBoss / Wildfly off-shoot focusing on fat jars or tiny containerized apps and Eclipse Microprofile, which is essentially a Java spec for microservices. Both of these use lightweight apps in flexible architectures, while leveraging the power (and familiarity) of Java.

The truth about microservices

Wednesday, 4:30, 153C

This is the real life application of microservices (something frequently called a unicorn because of its not-very-real-life concept). Practical applications are very appealing, and this looks at both the pluses and minuses of using microservices for a hosted customer service.

An open platform to support digital transformation

Wednesday, 11:30, 102B

There is a lot of buzz around the watercooler for this one because of the introduction of OpenShift Application Runtimes — a container-based platform for running a variety of different runtimes, including MicroProfile, Vert.x, and Springboot.

Reactive programming with Vert.x

Thursday, 3:30, 151A

So how many things are reactive? A lot. A lot of things. This session will break down what “reactive” means (and its many meanings and contexts) and what that means practically for any app that has to interact with something else, whether microservices or any architecture.

How to handle the complexity of migrating to microservices from 10 years of monolithic code

Thursday, 10:15, 153B

A lot of CTOs just felt their palms start sweating at this title. For a lot of organizations, any kind of “digital transformation” feels a lot less exciting and a lot more terrifying. Legacy apps are working and are generally tightly intertwined with the core operations of an organization … so how would you begin to unravel that, if you even want to?

Modern Java and Devops lightning talks

Tuesday, 4:30, 101

Most of the sessions I was drawn to focused on architecture, but this lightning talk hits two other critical factors for any infrastructure: process and platform. This looks at how technology can support process (containers and devops) and how platforms can support both existing and cloud-native applictions (Java and MicroProfile).

Summit Prep: Get Connected, Stay Connected

There is a lot going on this week for Red Hat Summit. You can set up a schedule through the session catalog when you’re logged in — but there is still too much to see and do! As with everything, your smartphone and Twitter is your friend. Definitely follow the #RHSummit hashtag; it’s the primary tag for everything Summit-related on Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, and LinkedIn. But there is also going to be live-tweeting, photos, and blog recaps and coverage across a lot of different Red Hat sites, and this is a kind of cheatsheet to follow them all.

Livestreaming Summit

If you can’t be at Summit live, you can still experience it live. The Red Hat Summit general sessions will be live-streamed on Silicon Angle TV. There will also be one-on-one interviews throughout the week, and you can watch them live on theCube (also Silicon Angle TV). Many interviews and general sessions from Red Hat Summit 2016 are viewable now; you can also check out our Red Hat Summit YouTube channel.

The full agenda for streaming sessions is available here.

Summit-Specific Sites

There is a very cool social page on the Summit site, which allows you to pick a social media platform, and see the latest posts there. Definitely book mark that.

Middleware Social Media

Main Red Hat Sites

Special / Product Focused Accounts

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