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IBM DataPower Appliances firmware release V6.0 is now available



BTW - if you are in a hurry or are "news snacking", then here is the main point of this blog entry: IBM DataPower Appliances extends its industry-leading service-oriented architecture (SOA) and business-to-business (B2B) security, control, optimization and integration capabilities now to Mobile, Web and API workloads, with firmware release v6.0.



First let's talk Mobile. Innovative businesses are becoming mobile enterprises by connecting with mobile customers, building insights through more powerful analytics, delivering more convenient and relevant engagements, improving management and customer service with seamless integration of front-end functionality and back-end data. Besides focusing on mobile customers, these businesses are also leveraging mobile as a way to enrich their employee's enterprise interactions. Every mobile interaction is an opportunity to engage, learn and lead.



But how does one provide secure interactions from an array of mobile applications and devices, from around the world, while keeping your networks safe and efficient? And is your business information secure to these mobile transactions? Besides security, what about the impact to existing applications and services? Should you plan a development project to modify your applications and services, to make them 'mobile-ready'? And finally, what about the potential impact to your existing application infrastructure? Do you have to scale your app infra and size it for that potential spike in mobile interactions to ensure responsiveness and availability? These key questions one has to ponder are all related to mobile workload security, mobile app integration, and mobile workload optimization.



Next let's talk about Application Programming Interfaces or APIs. While every application may have an interface, we are talking about a 'programming' or 'programmable' interface. And specifically the business side of these APIs. Innovative organizations are identifying their key business services and data, and choosing to make that service or data available through a programming interface, to a developer community. This developer community may include business partners, freelance developers external to the organization, or internal developers within the enterprise. These organizations embark on the API journey to partner more effectively with other businesses, to extend their brand reach into a new 'channel' and a developer ecosystem, or to introduce a new revenue stream for privileged access to their APIs, or to achieve app development consistency and drive reuse across their development organizations.



But how does one easily and securely publish these APIs to a developer community? What level of controls would you have to implement to ensure appropriate access? And similar to mobile, what about impact to existing applications, services and application infrastructure. These key questions are all about API security and API control.



Enter IBM DataPower appliances v6.0.



For more than 12 years, DataPower appliances from IBM have provided industry-leading security, control, optimization and integration capabilities for XML, Web Services, SOA and B2B workloads. And now, the latest DataPower firmware release v6.0 enables you to also secure, control, integrate and optimize Mobile, API & Web workloads.



Prior to firmware release v6, you could perform critical functions in DataPower such as validation, security checks like authentication and authorization, data transformation, protocol mediation, caching, and intelligent routing & load distribution.



With v6.0, you get Mobile-specific features, including:




  • Enhanced support for latest OAuth 2.0 standard with support for public clients, implicit grant types, refresh/revoke tokens


  • Native processing of JSON messages


  • Out of the box configuration patterns for web & mobile applications, including IBM Worklight


  • Caching support for both on-box locally and remote caching (if needed) using the IBM DataPower XC10 caching appliance


  • Optional intelligent routing to WAS ND & Worklight servers, with a built-in On Demand Router



To secure and control APIs, DataPower plays the role of an on-premise DMZ-ready API gateway for IBM's API Management solution to easily create, manage and socialize your APIs. To enable API Management, DataPower provides:




  • Rapid on-ramping of APIs


  • API security including SSL termination, Threat protection, Authentication, Authorization with OAuth


  • Quota enforcement, Traffic control


  • Enforcement of API consumption policies


  • Monitoring of API use


  • Caching support for both on-box locally and remote caching (if needed) using the IBM DataPower XC10 caching appliance


  • Intelligent routing and load distribution



IBM API Management v2.0 integrates with, leverages and requires a physical or virtual DataPower appliance to run. If you already have DataPower appliances (physical or virtual) and want to manage your APIs, you can leverage your existing appliances, put the latest firmware v6.0 onto them and then add IBM API Management v2.0.



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To tie it all together, this graphic above shows Mobile & API Management that enables an organization to securely expose their APIs to external developers building Mobile apps.



Besides enabling Mobile, Web & APIs, DataPower v6.0 also introduces a simple ability to create & deploy common configuration patterns resulting in faster time to value & improved developer productivity. These great features and much more are now available in both the physical and virtual form factors, giving you the deployment flexibility and cost optimization.



Patterns capture a tested solution to a common recurring use case. DataPower v6 now has built-in, easy-to-use, new interface for creating & deploying common DataPower configuration patterns. v6 ships with 10 pre-built patterns for common web application & web services scenarios, and allows you to define your own patterns.



There is much more in this latest release of DataPower appliances v6 firmware, and it is now available on the following physical and virtual appliance models - XG45, XG45 Virtual, XI52, XI52 Virtual, XB62, XS40, XI50, XI50B, & XB60.



Organizations throughout the world have been leveraging IBM DataPower appliances for over a decade across every industry including government, banking, insurance, retail, healthcare, telecom, travel and more. For example, see this 3 minute video on how Sprint leverages DataPower appliances to grow their business



 






 


If you haven't heard of DataPower appliances before, you should know that you can:


  • Securely expose enterprise data to external consumers/partners, while optimizing delivery of the workload 


  • Securely connect apps/services within the enterprise, while optimizing delivery of the workload and providing integration including XML offload, message validation/filtering, message/transport protocol transformation, traffic control/quota enforcement, SOA governance & management, dynamic routing & intelligent load distribution



As a physical appliance, DataPower is purpose-built and tamper-evident with simplified deployment combining superior performance, hardened security, increased ROI and reduced TCO. And as a virtual appliance, DataPower gives you deployment flexibility and reduced cost for development/test environments.



To learn more about DataPower appliances v6.0 features, please see the announcement page. And for info on DataPower products, please see ibm.com/datapower



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