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Middleware integrates systems across cloud, Internet of Things

Open source software firm Red Hat unveiled a set of middleware tools designed to make it easier to connect big enterprise systems, from on-premise to cloud to hybrid environments. The tools are updates of integration and messaging tools that extend and simplify enterprise integration.

Red Hat JBoss Fuse 6.1 is a “small-footprint, flexible, open source enterprise service bus (ESB) that is based on Apache Camel, an implementation of the most commonly used  enterprise integration patterns,” Red Hat said.

JBoss A-MQ 6.1 is an open source messaging platform based on Apache ActiveMQ, said Red Hat. The standards-based tool has a small footprint, which helps make it possible to connect systems across the Internet and integrate Internet of Things (IoT) systems.

“The lightweight nature of both products allows organizations to unlock the value of existing assets,” Red Hat said. “The technologies extend and simplify integration to all facets of the enterprise, including on-premise, hybrid and cloud-based environments.”

The updates respond to “rising pressure from a nexus of forces,” including the expansion of mobile, social big data applications, that are gradually knitting together components of the enterprise between the cloud and customer premises.  The dawn of the IoT makes the tools even more desirable, Red Hat argued.

“Integration can be a daunting task for organizations with IT assets spread across on-premise, hybrid or cloud-based environments,” said Mike Piech, general manager, middleware, Red Hat. “Our goal is to simplify integration and provide consistent, reliable and highly interoperable connections to all facets of the enterprise, and in doing so, unlock the value of existing assets and enable faster innovation.”

JBoss Fuse 6.1 and JBoss A-MQ 6.1 include full support of Advanced Message Queuing Protocol, a standard that supports connections between messaging servers and clients from different vendors.  “This removes one of the last barriers to universal connectivity, enabling the integrated Internet-of-Things,” Red Hat said.

An updated management console also makes it possible to provision and manage message brokers and individual integration processes, including start, stop, measure and trace integration services.

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