In WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud Integration, there are two types of connectors. They are primarily differentiated due to their internal implementation. They are:
- Type I (aka Java) connectors like Salesforce.com, Domino, Siebel, SAP.
- Type II (aka CDK) connectors like Force.comBulkAPI, SugarCRM, Taleo.
The difference between them being that the Type I connectors are built in Java, while the Type II connectors are built using a framework & the activities being implemented as a set of orchestrations. I plan to blog in detail later about this framework. As the list of Type II connectors is small, let me list them :-), you can assume the other connectors are Type I
Type II connectors, as of now, December 2011.
Type II connectors are not available out of the box, they need to be downloaded from a repository. This repository is same as the TIPs repository. You'd need a community credential to login and download. If you don't have one, you can register here
and pretty soon, you'd get your id created. So once you received your community id, in Studio preferences, go to Session Login and enter this URL: https://ciapps.castiron.com/SSO
, under Server Name group. You can also save your community credentials, under Login information grouping. Then, click on Login, at the lower right corner, in Status view of Studio. Once you're authenticated, click on Solutions->Plugin connectors, which will open up a window of Available and Installed (Type II) connectors. You can then, select the connector you want to use and click Install. Once the installation is done (wont take more than few minutes), you can view this connector listed, under New endpoints.
This way, a Type II connector is installed and is available to use within Studio.
On Friday, Dec 16th, WebSphere Cast Iron Fix pack 3 was released. This fix pack, brings about a lot of improvements and is very much recommended to migrate to. You can refer to the announcement doc here
and click on the downloads link to grab your form-factor's image.
The wait is over. The much sought after Getting Started with IBM WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud Integration is now available in draft.
You can download it for free, and send any feedback in two weeks time, after which the final draft will be published. As with any other Redbook, it is rich w/ technical aspects of the product, and helps you better understand the product. 3 detailed scenarios are considered as well.
A good reference article
on the latest generation of appliances from WebSphere Datapower, of which 9005 is leveraged by WebSphere Cast Iron XH40 v6.1.x
IBM WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud Integration
18.104.22.168 is now eGA. In addition to a new upgrade of physical appliance hardware, a new offering of WebSphere Cast Iron Express is now available. You can check out the new express offering here
. Express offering supports the following endpoints: FTP/SFDC/Oracle/MySQL/DB2. You can try out a free 60day trial. You can click
here for a mandatory fix pack details for your form factor.
Check out a 12 page Thought Leadership whitepaper
on SAP and Cast Iron, Rapidly integrate SAP with cloud applications in days with WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud integration.
It talks about traditional SAP integration choices, rapid/flexible/simple solution offered by WebSphere Cast Iron
IBM WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud Integration 22.214.171.124 is now available for download. It was released on 4/19 w/ upgrades to physical appliance, hypervisor edition and studio. You can refer to this announcement
on how to get the fix from fix central pertaining to your form factor.
From February 8-11, 2011 IBM will host the Social Business Jam
. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with leading experts on topics such as:
- Building the Social Business of the Future
- Building Participatory Organizations Through Social Adoption
- Using Social to Understand and Engage with Customers
- What does Social mean for IT?
- Identifying Risks and Establishing Governance
Also few leading non-IBM Social Business experts are jamming, including:
- Charlene Li, Founder of Altimeter Group, Author of “Groundswell”
- Mei Li Tan, CMO, Treasury & Trade Solutions, Citigroup
- Steve Wylie, GM of Enterprise 2.0 Conference
- Vittorio Cretella, CIO, Mars Inc.
Just got an announcement that, the classic P4eb
was recently re-engineered and refreshed with powerful P4eb solution architecture assets. The revised P4eb
is linked from classic page.
Some of the changes are:
- Re-engineering of the P4eb web site to allow for both new and enhanced IT solution designs
- Continued access to the classic P4eb Business & Integration patterns for those not needing the extra capability
- Enhancements to the P4eb web site navigation to enable three major steps
- Step 1 - Scenario decomposition into Subsystems
- Step 2 - Enhancement of Subsystems
- Step 3 - Combination of Subsystems
where each step
- has its own associated pattern hierarchy which is hidden until needed
- has a documented description and a graphic showing the related assets
- has a case study using Team Solution Design work products as a worked example for the three steps - with full case study downloadable from the web site
Great Opportunity for all to hear the Cast Iron Value Proposition. Tune into a CastIron customer webinar on Sep 22, 11:00AM PST
, to hear from Reed Sheard, CIO of Westmont College, sharing his cloud strategy and how he quickly integrated his cloud-based CRM application with his on-premise ERP system to dramatically increase donor contributions and provide real-time visibility of donor data.
You’re interested in cloud computing but you’ve got to have more information before making a commitment. What is it? What technologies enable cloud computing? How do I integrate cloud with my on-premise applications? How complex is this integration?
Find answers to these questions and more by joining us on September 7th @ 11:00 AM EST
to kick-off a 4-week series of events to learn how cloud computing with WebSphere emerging technologies can drive greater operational efficiency and flexibility in your business. Events will include webcasts, educational podcasts, and a mini online Jam Session. Mark your calendar now to hear IBM cloud experts from around the world discuss the coolest, most cutting-edge cloud and virtualization technologies from IBM WebSphere. Register to Attend the Kick-Off Webcast NOW!
Visit the campaign landing page
to see a complete list of speakers, dates and times and event registration links.
After the May's announcement of IBM taking over Cast Iron
, IBM is introducing WebSphere DataPower Cast Iron Appliance XH35 V5.1 and is now available from July 29th 2010. You can read the enhancements over here
. As you can notice, Cast Iron OmniConnect provides a single robust solution, designed from the ground up to deliver everything needed for cloud or SaaS to on-premise application integration. A 14 page Redguide
on the OmniConnect is already out.
Couple of more links for WTC 2010 in Bangalore, India.
- The conference page. This time Eric Herness, IBM DE and Chief Architect for BPM will be doing the key note on Taking Business Agility to the Next Level with BPM and couple of other sessions too.
- A blog containing more details on the sessions with titles & speakers.
Time for the annual 3 full days of tech stuff event called WebSphere Technical conference in Bangalore, India. Get the latest on SOA
, and Cloud