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New WSO2 ESB aimed at enterprise mediation, integration and deployment

WSO2 has announced the upcoming release of WSO2 ESB 5.0. New features include embedded analytics, connectors for mobile and IoT, and better support for debugging and remediation.

WSO2 has announced the upcoming release of a new, 5.0 version of their ESB, which aims to provide higher levels of support for developers managing complex enterprise app and data integration.

WSO2, an open source platform vendor based in Mountain View, Calif., said the new Enterprise Service Bus version includes:

  • Improved analytics tools for system performance monitoring;
  • Extends support for JMS 2.0, mobile, internet of things (IoT) and software as a service (SaaS) integration; and
  • Visual data mapping and message mediation debugging.

WSO2 ESB 5.0 will be made generally available by July 15, 2016. Transition from previous versions of WSO2 ESB should not be a problem, said Isabelle Mauny, WSO2's vice president of product strategy.

She added that the majority of customers are running the 4.7 and 4.8 versions of the ESB and should not lose any of their core functionalities, and there should not be an issue loading critical artifacts on top of the new version. However, Mauny did say users of previous versions may need to make minor changes in system configurations to accommodate specific features, such as those connected to the use of JMS 2.0.

Developers get new features

WSO2's latest ESB version has been designed to assist developers managing complicated integrations that often include both traditional on-premises enterprise software and an "ever-growing number of SaaS services," Mauny said.

Mauny also said improved debugging tools have been added, particularly to help application operators find and change problems on the fly by providing specific metrics they can easily share with developers.

The WSO2 ESB is delivered as a software download and can run directly on servers, on top of private platform as a service or on top of infrastructure-as-a-service offerings, such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud and VMware ESX. WSO2 ESB can be provided as a Docker image to run in containers, and customers have the option to host software through WSO2 Managed Cloud hosted services built on Amazon Web Services for an additional administration fee, Mauny said.

WSO2 ESB is open-sourced under Apache License 2.0 and carries no licensing fees. However, WSO2 makes a single enterprise version available for direct download from their website and charges a subscription fee for software support, Mauny said.

Added support for transports

Meanwhile, performance monitoring analytics improvements include new, customizable dashboards that will allow developers to monitor critical ESB-related artifacts. These artifacts can include mediators, sequences, proxy services and APIs. WSO2 also said it is adding tracing features that will allow developers to verify integration conformance and identify performance bottlenecks. A strong feature of the platform is its inclusion of analytics tools and functionalities as part of the ESB itself at no additional cost to the user, Mauny said.

The new ESB release will also provide new levels of support for transports and connectors.

"The newest release supports nearly 20 of the industry's most widely adopted transports with the addition of JMS 2.0 and WebSockets," WSO2 said in a statement. "Additionally, WSO2 ESB works with a rapidly growing number of connectors for third-party systems." JMS 2.0 offers various features for simplified coding and application management.

In addition to its existing support for mobile- and IoT-related protocols like MQTT, WSO2 will also introduce a new feature, called WebSockets. According to Mauny, WebSockets will support the ability of enterprises to trigger particular event-based processes via remote devices by allowing developers to directly connect IoT and mobile devices to the ESB itself.

WSO2 said it will also showcase their expanded availability of connectors in its WSO2 Store, which now features over 150 connectors that are preintegrated with WSO2 Developer Studio for ESB. Additions to the store include Microsoft Power BI, Jenkins, Atlassian Confluence and Microsoft SharePoint. These have been added alongside a catalog that includes Salesforce, Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, Facebook, Google Gmail and more.

WSO2 also said it is incorporating new mapping and mediation debugging functions from the WSO2 Developer Studio that aim to simplify data management during deployment and provide proactive management of mediation flows. The expanded version of WSO2 Developer Studio for ESB, which is included in the WSO2 ESB, features a visual data mapping tool that supports JSON, XML and CSV. It also extends the existing graphical mediation flow designer found in previous versions of Developer Studio for ESB.

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