IBM boosts ESB service federation, standards in WebSphere v7 release

Rob Barry

IBM today launched a major overhaul of its middleware stack including enhancements to WebSphere and BPM BlueWorks. While the flagship WebSphere v7 application server enhances its support for current standards and disparate enterprise service bus (ESB) linking, the BlueWorks design suite now adds features to speed up deployment across specific industry verticals.

The company said the theme was enabling better federation in service-oriented architectures.

The WebSphere ESB v7 now includes support for a variety of standards, including OSGi, WS-Policy, and open SCA. IBM has also codified various ESB deployment patterns to make the process less complicated.

The company calls this the most substantial middleware update in IBM history.

"This is many years of toil where we've aligned the entire stack," said Craig Hayman, general manager of IBM WebSphere. "This is not simplistic integration. This is deep technical integration of the entire stack."

Hayman said IBM had also noticed a number of its customers combining its own ESB with some from other vendors over the past few years. In the v7 release, IBM gave WebSphere ESB tooling to enable federation across a variety of disparate ESBs.

The company also says it has enhanced support for events associated with specific industry applications, such as those from the chemical, healthcare, retail or energy industries.

Along the same line, IBM has added some industry-specific features to BPM Blueworks,

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as well as a native Service Component Architecture (SCA) container.

"This lets you take a process and make it into an operational system," said Hayman. "Once the system is up and running they can make changes to the business process. We used to generate many Java artifacts between the business model and the runtime environment. Now the business model is the runtime environment."

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