Recent articles on messaging middleware for integration

In our efforts to provide the best in application integration coverage, SearchSOA.com writers continue to return to message queuing. Evidence shows it is among the top means for integrating heterogeneous systems, and is one of the most widely used SOA tools. Coverage in recent weeks ranged from MQ management product trends to expert views on the emerging role of MQ in cloud integration. Let's take a look at some of the top content.

A series of voices from MQ product vendors echoed an increasing need to monitor and manage message queuing. Citing the increasing complexity of

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messaging middleware, industry insiders noted two clear trends in MQ management: simplicity and security. Why the shift? "It's just an explosion in terms of the amount and the scale that you have to deal with,” said Kathy McGroddy Goetz, vice president of connectivity and integration product management at IBM. "And you're trying to do it all faster.'' To learn more, read Simplicity, security drive MQ management trends.

Our conversation with Goetz also covered the newest developments in messaging middleware management at IBM. In particular, she talked about the company's WebSphere MQ Telemetry product, which sports recent performance enhancements that address issues of scale and security. To learn about IBM's other plans in the MQ space, read IBM moves on messaging middleware management front. The telemetry efforts bear watching, as they show the way toward a much wider array of devices for integration.

A recent talk with engineers at the CERN particle collider complex also highlighted why security is so important when it comes to middleware. Using open source middleware—specifically ActiveMQ messaging—the European Organization for Nuclear Research effectively monitors a supercollider that accelerates small atomic particles to travel near the speed of light. How the system works, and what would happen if it were to fail, illustrates how imperative reliability can be in messaging middleware. Read more about how open source middleware protects and maintains the CERN collider on SearchSOA.com.

We also spoke with James Strachan, CTO of FuseSource and a founder of Apache ActiveMQ. This time, the topic was the history of modern middleware and what its role will be as cloud computing takes the fore. Strachan noted that the entire IT world is much more complex now than it was when middleware first entered the scene. He also suggested that integrations in the cloud will reveal even bigger challenges down the road. You can access the James Strachan videocasts: The march of middleware and Of cloud integration fabrics and things.

Also of note, SearchSOA.com has compiled a variety of features, tips and news stories about integration architecture, including more content on messaging middleware. Taken together, these articles offer a comprehensive view of the changing landscape of integration architecture. Subjects include the emergence of lighter-weight infrastructure to support more complex integration projects and expert advice on how to effectively use ESBs. Read Guide to integration architecture on SearchSOA.com to learn more.

This was first published in June 2012

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