Making WebSphere Message Broker Available to the Mid-Market
Ryan Boyles 100000UX41 firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  websphere wmb integration smb mbx amywohl express midmarket message-broker
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With the introduction of WebSphere Message Broker Express (WS MBX) to the IBM Message Broker portfolio, it is now possible for SMB and Mid-Market organizations to get the powerful integration capabilities larger enterprises have relied upon for their corporate-wide implementations. It provides a robust ESB for first time for smaller business users including open source, and small .NET shops. MBX is intended to be used in a project-specific manner and can support small departmental projects or pilots as well as projects in smaller organizations.
MBX makes it easier and quicker to develop Message Broker (MB) solutions. Universal connectivity includes supporting standards, de facto standards, as well as industry and custom systems. Industry specific connectivity packs solve domain specific problems and solution-oriented patterns are also included. Programming is simplified with patterns (for common use cases) and Graphical data flows.
MB enables solutions that can easily be changed, yet offer appropriate levels of management and control. MBX is intended to work on the widest possible range of hardware, software and virtualized environments; this includes support for a full range of industry standard databases as well as providing support for new databases such as MySQL; this means a broad range of users and in-place hardware can be part of the MSX solution, if required.
Recent additions to the broad management capabilities of WMB include Record and Replay tooling, providing administrators the ability to non intrusively monitor data as it flows across corporate networks, while maintaining the ability to edit and replay the data, or retain copies for audit. It’s also possible to connect across Sterling Connect: Direct file and messaging-based networks. This allows Sterling and Websphere MQ messaging networks to interconnect, with new connections and new development patterns for rapid development.
WebSphere MBX provides extensive management across a wide range of operating systems and hardware platforms, including virtual and cloud options. It provides high performance transactional processing with additional vertical and horizontal scalability. Connectivity Packs are available for industry specific content, starting with a Healthcare Pack which includes connectors, patterns, and tooling. Other Industry Connectivity Packs are planned.
.NET developers can utilize tooling in MS Visual Studio, to quickly connect to Microsoft applications in a familiar environment making the migration easier and quicker.
It’s easy to migrate among the different versions of MB. As the project or the organization grows, WebSphere MBX customers can easily move up to WebSphere Message Broker Standard Edition (for greater capability) or WebSphere Message Broker Advanced Edition (for greater scalability).