There has been a lot going on in the WebSphere Message Broker (WMB) world since the last time I wrote about the hot topics that have people talking. All this activity makes WebSphere Message Broker an exciting and busy place to be and it gives people some interesting topics to talk about. Here are a few of the major topics that people are talking about in the WMB world now.
The Past and the Future of WebSphere Message Broker cross paths
Two major events in the history of WebSphere Message Broker have occurred since my last blog article detailing what is hot in the WMB world.
1. On September 30, 2013 we saw the End of Support for WMB V6.1: Announcement: End of Support (EOS) for WebSphere Message Broker V6.1
WMB V6.1 was first introduced in June 2008. Among other new enhancements, WMB V6.1 enhanced SOA support by offering new Web Services support and it extended the connectivity options by offering WebSphere Adapters packaged as native message-processing nodes. Since that time WMB V7.0 and WMB v8.0 were introduced to extend the functionality even further. If you are interested in reviewing the changes introduced in each of those releases of WMB, you can review the following sections in our on-line information center topics:
WMB has progressed quite a lot since the introduction of WMB V6.1 and so we now say a fond farewell to V6.1 as we close the door on that chapter in the WMB history. However, when one door closes, often times a new door opens and that is the case here, as a second major event occurred.
2. In June, 2013 a new door opened to introduce the next chapter in the evolution of WMB in the form of IBM Integration Bus (IIB) V9. Like any new version of a product, there will be new functions and features but this new version also introduced a new name. This is certainly not the first time the name has changed in the history of the product but it has been several years since the name has changed. We have to go all the way back to 2007 to find the last time the name changed, when the name evolved from WebSphere Business Integration Message Broker V5.0 to WebSphere Message Broker V6.0. This latest name change is significant, because the new name hints at one of the exciting enhancements. One aspect of IBM Integration Bus V9 is the improved integration it provides. IIB V9 offers:
Integration with Business Process Manager (BPM) Advanced (previously known as WebSphere Process Server)
Integration with Microsoft .NET
Integration of much of the functionality that was previously part of WebSphere ESB
There are several excellent sources available which will detail the new functions and features that come in the form of IBM Integration Bus V9.0:
If you want to try out some of the new features in IIB V9, you can download the Developers Version for free.
The Path to the Future of WebSphere Message Broker made easier
Naturally, with the end of WMB V6.1 and the introduction of IIB V9, it has a lot of people talking about migration. We know that migration (or upgrading) is a topic that can lead to questions or uncertainty and we know that may hinder one from moving to a new version. In order to help address those questions and remove those impediments, the IIB and WMB support team has introduced the Migration Assist program. There has been a lot of excitement and quite a bit of talk about this new offering, which is available as an extension of your current Subscription and Support (S&S) contract at no additional cost. If you want to read more about the new Migration Assist program, you can find further details in another blog article: Making Message Broker Migration More Manageable
Answering your Questions
While there has been a lot of talk surrounding the turning of the page from WMB V6.1 to IIB V9, there is another topic that has also created a lot interest. That is the publishing by the IIB and WMB support team of the new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) documents. Currently there are 3 FAQ documents but there are plans for other FAQ documents to be released in the not too distant future. We started with a general FAQ document and then added two other FAQ documents which specifically focused on the topics of Migration and Database. There is an index document which has links to each of the FAQ documents. The index will be updated whenever we publish a new FAQ document on a new topic.
Index of IIB and WMB Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) documents
Until we meet again
Until the next time I write on the topic of what people are talking about in IIB and WMB, you can use My Notifications to get weekly or daily (your choice) updates of anything new in IIB or WMB.
If you did not see the first 2 articles in this series, you can go back and review them because most of the topics there are still relevant now:
What's the talk about in WebSphere Message Broker? (Part 1)
What's the talk about in WebSphere Message Broker? (Part 2)