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As our technological infrastructure has become more advanced, it has also become more critical to our daily lives and the very functioning of the world economy. With all of that weight resting on sometimes fickle devices, manufacturing to meet stringent usability and operational standards has become even more important. NEBS Level 3 Certification The Network Equipment-Building System (or NEBS) is such a standard, attempting to force device builders to engineer their products to withstand extreme conditions. The Level 3 certification is a compliance standard that addresses safety, durability and operability for carrier class equipment. The standards are very stringent to ensure that devices like NEBS-compliant telco servers will operate under extreme environmental conditions. Basically, to achieve NEBS level 3 certifications, equipment needs to meet all the requirem... (more)

WebSphere Datapower Configurations for HTTP (GET and POST) Requests

The purpose of this article is to describe the steps involved in configuring Datapower services for the browser-based HTTP type requests. The commonly used methods for such requests are either the POST or GET HTTP method. Datapower Configurations 1. For the testing purpose create a loopback pass-through XML Firewall. 2. Create a new Multi-Protocol Gateway with the following values Input Values Name HTTPBrowserMPGW Type static-backend Response Type Non-XML Request Type Non-XML Backend URL   3. Create a HTTP Front side handler with the following values Input Values Name HTTPBrowserFSH Local IP Address Port 81 Allow Methods and Version GET (and all the other default values) 4. At the Multi-Protocol Gateway screen, click on the "Advance" tab menu and click on "Process Messages Whose Bod... (more)

I’m Not Scared of #DevOps | @DevOpsSummit #APM #CD #Docker #Monitoring

DevOps is speeding towards the IT world like a freight train and the hype around it is deafening. There is no reason to be afraid of this change as it is the natural reaction to the agile movement that revolutionized development just a few years ago. By definition, DevOps is the natural alignment of IT performance to business profitability. The relevance of this has yet to be quantified but it has been suggested that the route to the CEO's chair will come from the IT leaders that successfully make the transition to a DevOps model. If this still seems foreign to you, I recommend reading up on DevOps Blog from IT Revolution, the OpsCode Blog, and check out The Phoenix Project. Despite all the talk around simple monitoring tools, breaking through the walls between Dev and Ops still poses a real challenge. This is because of a misunderstanding around Operations real purp... (more)

Cloud People: A Who's Who of Cloud Computing

Behind every cloud service or cloud-based solution, there are real people... A robust ecosystem of solutions providers has emerged around cloud computing. But who are the CEOs & CTOs behind those providers, who are the internal and external entrepreneurs driving companies involved in the Cloud, who are the leading engineers, developers, analysts, researchers, marketing professionals, authors...who, in short, are the people behind the cloud? This list will be updated weekly between now and November 4-7, 2013, when 13th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley opens its doors in the Santa Clara Convention Center, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. Here are some highly prominent "Cloud People" to kick off with... RANDY BIAS | @randybias "Randy Bias is visionary. He sees things others don't." [Emphasis added.] That is how Mårten Mickos puts it, as succinctly as ever.... (more)

Is Your SOA Hammer Looking for a Nail?

It sounds so obvious when you get right down to it: you need to know what problem you're solving before you can solve it. Common sense tells you to start with the problem before you can find the solution to the problem. If you start with a solution without knowing what the problem is, then there's no telling if the solution you have will be the right one for the problems you're facing. Obvious, yes, but it never ceases to amaze us at ZapThink that when it comes to Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) projects, time and again we run into technology teams who don't have a grasp as to what business problems they're looking to solve. Now, it might be tempting to dismiss this disconnect to "techies being techies" or some other superficial explanation, but the problem is so pervasive and so common that there must be more to it. As a result, we took a closer look at why so... (more)

API Security: Securing Digital Channels and Mobile Apps Against Hacks

Cloud Expo® New York Early Bird Savings here! More and more enterprises today are doing business by opening up their data and applications through APIs. Though forward-thinking and strategic, exposing APIs also increases the surface area for potential attack by hackers. To benefit from APIs while staying secure, enterprises and security architects need to continue to develop a deep understanding about API security and how it differs from traditional web application security or mobile application security. In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, Sachin Agarwal, VP of Product Marketing and Strategy at SOA Software, will walk you through the various aspects of how an API could be potentially exploited. He will discuss the necessary best practices to secure your data and enterprise applications while continue continuing to support your business's digital initiatives. In thi... (more)

It's "The End of the Era of Integration," Says BEA's Alfred Chuang

"Beehive" Now Officially an Open Source Project: Apache Beehive BEA Seeks "Ubiquity" Through Open Source Community, Say Its Top Execs Oh Beehive! Exclusive: JDJ Interviews...Alfred Chuang The pre-conference build-up promotions described this year's eWorld, which opened yesterday in San Francisco, as being "where pioneers from BEA, HP and Intel will reveal their thoughts on where they've been, what they've seen, and what's coming." Day One kicked off in the Moscone Center yesterday in a way that suggests the breathless prose of that build-up was for once completely appropriate. Only time will tell if BEA is justified ino riding the SOA horse in so high-profile a way, but anyone listening to the opening keynote here by founder, chairman, and CEO Alfred S. Chuang yesterday was left in no doubt of his certainty that WebLogic Platform 8.1 is the only feasible SOA platform ... (more)

Beyond BPM: Using Goal-Seeking Agents to Tackle Highly-Complex SOA Applications

Solving complexity has been a continuing goal of application architects & developers since we started writing programs. While SOA techniques do a great job at standardizing the interface between systems and BPEL attempts to standardize the logic flow between services, they tend to break down when systems become overly complex and uncertainty is introduced into the system. An Agent-Oriented Goal-Seeking approach to building applications has been shown to reduce the complexity of building major real-world applications and to reduce total development time by up to 75%. Goal-seeking agents dynamically execute services based on goals, rules, and plans instead of traditional explicitly coded logic paths. As this session will show, Agent-Oriented development is backed by both cutting-edge computer-science research as well as real-world case studies. This session introduces... (more)

i-Technology Predictions for 2007: Where's It All Headed?

At the end of each year, when SYS-CON informally polls its globe-girdling network of software developers, industry executives, commentators, investors, writers, and editors, our question is always the same: where's the industry going next year? Every time, the answers are surprisingly different from the year before, and of course throw light not just on where the industry is going but also how it's going to get there, why, because of who, within what kind of time-scale - all that good stuff. Enjoy! Ruby on Rails . JRuby . AJAX . Rules-Based Programming JASON BELL Enterprise Developer, Editorial Board Member, Java Developer's Journal My predictions for 2007.... 1.  Incremental mainstream adoption of Ruby on Rails It's going to happen, isn't it? Keep an eye out for Sun's offering of JRuby. Whether this is the death of other open source scripting languages like Groovy rem... (more)

Data Services Made Easy for Adobe Flex Applications

Flex has gotten popular lately because of its rich GUI capabilities. It also comes in handy with HTTPService and Web Service components connecting to back-end servers to fetch and update data. But using this mechanism to talk to the back-end server requires formulating a unique service object from the Flex side, making a request, and getting back data from the back-end either in XML or plain text format. The response data then has to be parsed and fed to the Flex objects to update the UI. For small to medium-size Flex projects it's a viable solution, but for enterprise projects with thousands of external service calls it will get quite repetitive and could result in a lot of unmanageable, buggy code. The approach discussed here provides a more intuitive solution to generate ActionScript classes on the Flex side that are direct counterparts of the enterprise object ... (more)

Fujitsu Named "Gold Sponsor" of SOA World Conference & Expo

Ranked by Gartner as a leader in the Application Infrastructure Software market, Fujitsu helps companies build SOA-enabled BPM applications that can be shared across the enterprise to lower operating costs, accelerate business processes, and react quickly to changing market requirements. Fujitsu's BPM Suite, Interstage Business Process Manager, brings business and IT professionals together to design, simulate, automate, analyze, and optimize business processes. Together with CentraSite, Fujitsu's standards-based SOA registry and repository, Fujitsu helps companies take a process-driven approach to SOA. This top-down approach allows for collaboration on translating real business models into optimized, executable business processes while letting an organization reuse their existing Visio process maps, IT infrastructure and other SOA assets to reduce operational costs ... (more)