Integration Practice

IBM Integration Bus
Integrate System and Applications to Achieve Business Value
Create a more dynamic environment that supports agility and innovation with a market-leading integration platform

Data that flows within your company and to/from customers and partners can be extremely valuable. Yet many organizations struggle to access and transform this data into actionable information.

Also, they face challenges keeping up with rapidly changing demands around this data. Whether it’s a new business partner that needs to access data in your ERP system, Finance needing access to an HR application, integration between your CRM and eCommerce platform for customer data, or a variety of other needs—IT departments often struggle with the complexity of setting up and managing all of the connections.

Often, lack of integration and inflexible application connectivity are at the root of the problem. Enterprises may have dozens of applications that communicate in haphazard ways (if they are connected at all). The applications and their connections are rigid, requiring hand-coded changes that are costly, error-prone, and time-consuming.

How IBM Integration Bus (IIB) Can Help

IBM Integration Bus is an award-winning enterprise integration solution that can help you overcome these challenges. It provides the application connectivity that helps you simplify and manage connections between your IT assets—including legacy applications, packaged applications, and Web services—and quickly retrieve business-critical data from them. It enables you to:

  • Remove debilitating and inflexible point-to-point connectivity
  • Connect new, old, and packaged applications (including SAP, Microsoft, Siebel, and Peoplesoft) across departments and domains
  • Make data more accessible and actionable, while allowing the applications themselves to remain unchanged
  • Route and transform data in any format
  • Enrich message content by inserting information from other sources
  • Connect virtually any application or service anywhere, over multiple protocols—including SOAP, HTTP, JMS, and more—helping you smooth the pathway towards SOA
  • Expose and extend your existing applications to mobile devices
  • Easily capture and monitor data for analysis as it flows through your business
  • Modernize your IT infrastructure to support digital transformation
Much More Than Routing and Transformation

Using IBM Integration Bus on-premises or on-cloud, your company can:

  • Create, manage, and socialize APIs
  • Integrate with mobile devices
  • Enforce security policies
  • Provide integration for business processes
  • Benefit from cloud integration
  • Tap into the collective intelligence of your entire value chain
  • Act upon business rules
  • Apply analytics to in-flight data
  • Integrate with solutions across the IBM WebSphere portfolio
Key IIB Benefits
  • Minimize custom coding of interfaces and reduce design, build and test costs by 40% to 60%
  • Enable better customer experiences by unlocking valuable data
  • Increase productivity by empowering individuals across the organization with access to the data they need
  • Increase agility and ensure rapid response to changing demands
  • Help your organization make better business decisions through better insights
  • Reduce integration complexity and costs
  • Easily support business needs and scale with business growth
IIB Standard and Advanced

IIB Standard is ideal for medium / mid-market enterprises with a broad set of connectivity requirements who do not need to scale.

IIB Advanced is ideal for medium and large companies that want high performance with broadest range of apps and data, manage large volumes of business-critical traffic, and want the most flexible capabilities in managing their data.  It is a fully functional and scalable edition of IIB, no reinstall required to move to other editions

MuleSoft
An ESB for the modern enterprises

For companies looking to modernize and unlock the value of existing on-premises systems and applications, an enterprise service bus (ESB) architecture serves as a critical foundation layer for SOA. When deployed as an ESB, the Mule runtime engine of Anypoint Platform combines the power of data and application integration across legacy systems and SaaS applications, with a seamless path to the other capabilities of Anypoint Platform and the full power of API-led connectivity.

What is Mule?

Mule ESB is the world’s most widely used integration platform for connecting applications, with 3,200 companies in production including 35% of the Global 500 and 150,000+ developers using and contributing to its ongoing development.

Mule ESB is a widely used integration platform for connecting enterprise applications on-premise and in the cloud. This lightweight yet powerful software is built on proven open source technology, leveraging standard development tools.

MuleSoft’s success lies in its stability, scalability, easy on-premise or cloud deployment that is fully integrated to its development studio, security enforcement capabilities, and High Availability configuration. This is why Gartner named MuleSoft as a Leader for On-Premise integration suites and as a PaaS offering through Cloudhub.

Anypoint Platform and Mule ESB

If Anypoint Platform is the series of tools organizations use to develop and manage their integration processes, Mule (also known as Mule ESB or Mule Runtime Engine) is the core engine or infrastructure on which it runs. It can run on-premise or in the cloud enabling the infrastructure for exchange of information. It’s what applications are “plugged” into in order to communicate with each other. You can think of Mule ESB as the power grid that enables data to move seamlessly between different sources, where data is transformed and transferred on demand.

 

Traditional Integration Pattern

Mule ESB Integration Pattern

Why Use Mule ESB?

In the past, enterprises developed point to point integrations between different applications — an incredibly complicated and costly process from implementation to ongoing management and upkeep. Now with the advent of Service Oriented Architecture and Mule ESB, dozens of integrations can be developed rapidly and with ease. Generally speaking, here are the key benefits of leveraging Mule ESB:

  • ease of development
  • scalability to process data
  • ability to connect with dozens of different technologies out of the box (robust)
  • grows with your needs from standard to complex
Redhat JBoss Fuse
Integrate everything—fast

The information powering your business is spread across multiple applications and processes. You need an effective, cost-efficient, adaptive, and faster way to integrate applications, data, and devices within your enterprise for a successful digital transformation.

Red Hat® JBoss® Fuse is a lightweight, flexible integration platform that enables rapid integration across the extended enterprise—on-premise or in the cloud. JBoss Fuse includes modular integration capabilities, a new style enterprise service bus (ESB), to unlock information. Through this agile integration functionality , you’re free to connect your systems, apps, and technologies in whatever way works best for you.

Red Hat JBoss Fuse for xPaaS extends the capabilities to our Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution, Red Hat OpenShift, for integration services in the cloud.

Connect all your information sources, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) apps, on-premise apps, custom apps, devices, and other data sources using Red Hat JBoss Fuse Connectors.

Red Hat JBoss Fuse is an agile, lightweight, and modern integration platform that breaks down traditional data center boundaries.

A true hybrid solution that interconnects all enterprise assets, while creating and composing microservices with enterprise class integration patterns, and supporting modern microservice architecture, Red Hat Fuse has embraced container technology to enhance the DevOps experience.

Red Hat JBoss Fuse enables developers to take an Agile Integration approach when developing solutions. By building and composing microservices, Fuse allows distributed systems deployments and a focus on scaling of services and people.

 

API First

Building an API based architecture with Red Hat JBoss Fuse could not be more simple. JBoss Fuse is intuitive and simple to configure using Camel REST. Further, developers can design and document, RESTful APIs using Swagger technology for better collaboration. With Red Hat 3Scale API management options, API security and performance, Billings are also taken care of.

Unlock assets with real-time integration

Red Hat JBoss Fuse is a robust, flexible, and easy-to-use platform to integrate applications, data, services, and devices. The integration platform uses popular open source technologies to provide transformation, routing, and protocol-matching services.

Red Hat JBoss Fuse also includes Red Hat JBoss AMQ, a high-performance, reliable messaging platform. Integration eliminates manual touch points, automates processes, and connects enterprise assets for improved efficiency. Real-time messaging fosters a responsive and agile enterprise.

Deploy multiple configurations

Red Hat JBoss Fuse can be hosted on a OSGi-based lightweight container, Apache Karaf, or on the fully certified Java™ EE platform, Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform(JBoss EAP). Both Apache Karaf and JBoss EAP are included with a JBoss Fuse subscription. This flexible architecture allows JBoss Fuse to be deployed in various configurations to connect customized solutions at every endpoint, distributor, outlet, partner, or device. With Red Hat JBoss Fuse For xPaaS, you can develop, deploy, and manage integration solutions in the cloud.

Enjoy extensive connectivity

Red Hat JBoss Fuse uses Apache Camel to provide connectivity to external applications. Red Hat JBoss Fuse supports more than 150+ Camel components (connectors), including Java Database Connectivity (JDBC), FTP/STP, HTTP/HTTPS, File, and more. In addition, custom components can be written for specific endpoint connectivity requirements.

Get enterprise-class reliability

Red Hat JBoss Fuse has a track record of supporting mission-critical applications and is backed by Red Hat’s award-winning support and services. Red Hat JBoss Fuse is also based on open source projects from Apache Software Foundation, which has a well-regarded history and a vibrant community of contributors.

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