Happy (St Patrick’s) Friday, everyone.
This is a general “stuff” kind of post. From working with the technical debt of legacy systems (and processes) to navigating new regulations for cybersecurity, these links look at the different and daily aspects of maintaining IT infrastructure that supports your organizational strategies. Even the most glamorous of projects are really only glamorous in planning and in hindsight; the work of implementing those projects is (ahem) work.
Continue reading “Five Links: Get Where You Are Going Edition”
Oxford Dictionaries runs a global API competition, and Red Hat and the 3scale team are more than happy to support this initiative. Find more about the competition here.
Oxford Dictionaries powers a huge range of technologies, apps, and digital services. Their world-renowned dictionary data powers search engines, provides definitions in e-readers, and makes predictive text and language-learning software possible. On top of their rich language data, which is integrated with cutting-edge technology, they provide an outstanding API. Oxford Dictionaries uses that to work with partners across the globe to create some of the most flexible and reliable platforms and services in the world.
Here is what the folks from Oxford Dictionaries have to say about their competition:
At Oxford Dictionaries, we love language, and we want the world to communicate more easily. So, to celebrate language, communication, and the launch of our API, we’re holding the Oxford Dictionaries API competition. To enter, simply create an app that uses one or more of the languages in the Oxford Dictionaries API. It doesn’t matter if your app is an existing application that has recently integrated Oxford Dictionaries data or a brand new app; already published in an app store or never-before publicized. You can enter as an individual or as a team. We want to see what you can create!
The winner and four runners-up will be showcased on our site and receive PRO subscriptions to our API and a collector’s mug, and we will send all entrants a collector’s T-shirt. You can find out more about the competition and how to enter here.
Happy Friday, everyone.
As we kick off spring break season, let’s look at something a little lighter and happier: the gaming side of technology. Consumer design can be a huge driver even for enterprise technology; the simple UX of Apple products is now influencing design and experience expectations for backend systems. From nostalgia games to astronomical artwork, there is a lot of interesting stuff going on in the world. One of my favorite lines from Graceland (seriously, Paul Simon rocks, people): “These are the days of miracles and wonder.”
Continue reading “Five Links: Fun and Games Edition”
Wanna know how to get a discount on your Summit pass? Wanna know where or what, the Summit party is gonna be? Then you should watch me embarrass myself in front of thousands of people in the Summit Party Promo video!
See that big guy doing nothing particularly embarrassing? Yeah? Well, that’s not me. I’m the plucky little guy in the backwards Sox hat who plays the butt of the joke in the last four seconds or so. Yup, that’s me, yours truly, ya boy, the self-deprecating weirdo.
So how did I get myself into this? Well, look out cause I’m fixin’ to tell ya, again…
Continue reading “I wasn’t born with these powers, I’ve just learned to live with them…”
To effectively prioritize an organization’s collection of work, including operational services and projects to support products and innovation, leading organizations develop standard evaluation criteria to make data-driven decisions. These data-driven decisions help leadership make the right investments and ensure the organization is working on the most impactful work to improve competitive advantage. An organization’s decision makers should build simple and clear data requirements to enhance decision making and to better inform leadership and stakeholders.
Portfolio planning is the alignment of an organization’s corporate strategy to data-driven decisions about capabilities and resources to achieve desired business outcomes. Effective portfolio planning and management capabilities should provide the organization with dashboards, reports, and analytics to inform better decision making.
Continue reading “Data and Architecture: Data-Driven Portfolio Decision Making”
Happy Friday, everyone.
In the most cruelest of cuts, Amazon killed the internet for several hours on Tuesday. The one upside is that it was more real-life evidence that some IT intern would probably fat-finger a Skynet password and stop Judgment Day before it ever begins. In honor of those lost, dark hours, this week’s post is about the times that the internet and technology have let us down. Nightmare fuel, it is.
Continue reading “Five Links: Amazon Broke the World Edition”
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.
- Red Hat Fuse uses the lightweight distributed integration patterns of the underlying Apache Camel project.
- 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.
- 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
Happy Friday, everyone.
Red Hat has a lot of corporate blogs (worth reading!), but a huge part of our culture as a company is collaboration and meritocracy. As in … letting our opinions be known. There’s a reason we actually made a t-shirt to commemorate our corporation-wide mailing list.
A lot of Red Hatters have personal blogs (or active LinkedIn postings) precisely because of the value that we as a group place on transparency, defending ideas, and innovation.
This week, I want to highlight some of the blogs by Red Hatters that I’ve read recently. I’m not even going to call this a “top 5,” because we have a lot of prolific and interesting writers on a million different topics. These are a random sampling of the blogs that I hit periodically.
Continue reading “Five Links: Band of Brothers Edition”
Happy Friday, everyone.
When I was a reporter in Livingston, Montana, I wrote a story about a massive infrastructure campaign that was just kicking off — new sewer and water lines across town, changing traffic flows and redesigning streets, new green spaces and public art. I interviewed the primary architect, and he told me that the designs were influenced by A Pattern Language, published in 1977. That book has fascinated me; from the placement of a single window to the layout of an entire central business district, it breaks down the patterns of human behavior and then analyzes design techniques that best reinforce the desired patterns for a given space. It doesn’t say what should be done; it simply uses patterns to say if you want to accomplish Goal A, use Design Technique B.
In a roundabout way, this week’s series of links look at patterns and how they influence behavior.
Continue reading “Five Links: Pattern Recognition Edition”
In this article, we provide a solution that enables almost latency free API management for Java-based microservices APIs. We build on Manfred Bortenschlager’s white paper Achieving Enterprise Agility With Microservices And API Management. We provide a practical solution for adding the management layer Manfred outlines to internal microservice-to-microservice API calls.
API Management and Microservices
Figure 1 – a typical microservices architecture with depictions of externally and internally consumable microservices
In the white paper Manfred describes a typical microservices architecture consisting of:
- A perimeter service layer that is typically implemented by an API gateway which manages and secures components that follow the backend for frontend (BFF) pattern. The perimeter service exposes APIs to external consumers.
- Internal microservices that are clustered into functional elements and communicate via APIs.
The most common and most decoupled way to achieve API management is through deployment of API gateways on the API provider’s infrastructure. These gateways act as traffic controllers which authenticate, authorize, and report on API traffic to the 3scale API Management Platform. These extensive management features are achievable with very low latency overhead through our caching and asynchronous architectural features. Additionally the gateways provide excellent routing and security protections such as defense against DDoS attacks and more.
Continue reading “Ultra Low Latency API Management for Microservices with Red Hat 3scale”