Got a quick update to share: If you are in Information Technology (IT), you still got a chance to feature in America‘s Toughest Jobs. The famous reality television show which normally lists “Crab Fishing”, ”Trucking in Alaska”, ”Gold Fishing” ,etc as some of the toughest jobs in America. They have now decided to include IT jobs like Enterprise Architects, Security Architects and Chief Information Officer (CIO) in the list too. Sorry—this was a joke (excuse me for my bad sense of humor!!), however some part of the statement is definitely true. Being a modern day Enterprise Architect, Security Architect or a CIO, you have too much data to decipher from, too much data to protect, secure and integrate that are coming from disparate sources and workloads and last but not the least too many decisions to either make or control. Your job varies ensuring compliance, securing the data in the cloud, roll out mobile apps for your organization, monetize your data in the form of APIs and of course the big one -- manage cost.
By the way, you are not alone as most of the organizations are facing similar pressing needs to address these concerns and this is happening because of the below mentioned business trends
A) Enterprises are exposing new electronic channels, to serve customer and employees through web and mobile apps, partners through their B2B transactional capabilities and enable developers through APIs.
B) With cloud, social media, big data and analytics, virtualized data centers are becoming the new norm.
C) The Fragmented “edge” capabilities with different workloads is creating operational complexity such as threat protection, traffic management, protocol mapping, transformation, caching, authentication & authorization (AAA), single sign-on, metering and analytics, optimization
If we tie all the pieces together, it boils down to two most important problems that need to be solved:
1) How to rapidly and securely provide access to enterprise information to Mobile/Web users and Partners
2) How to rapidly & securely integrate applications and optimize application access
Well, you might argue by saying that this an entire spectrum of most of your middleware problems .The best part is that we do have a solution and that is IBM DataPower (DP) Gateway Appliances. The IBM DataPower Gateway appliance enable security, control, integration & optimized access to a full range of Mobile, Web, API, SOA, B2B and Cloud workloads through a single policy-driven gateway. IBM WebSphere DataPower secures the enterprise boundary, allowing you to integrate beyond your trusted network with the assurance that your valuable internal assets are protected. Not only does this give you simple-to-configure OAuth security that authenticates without your mobile app users having to enter passwords, but it also provides the ability to securely expose and control services to third parties over mobile, web, application programming interface (API), service-oriented architecture (SOA), business-to-business (B2B) and cloud workloads.
DataPower is available in two different form factors- physical and virtual and each of the form factors has its advantages. The physical appliances provides physical security, hardware accelerated processing and ease of deployment while the virtual provides deployment flexibility and elasticity, workload isolation (Projects/LoBs can use different instances), unbounded memory scalability (As workload needs grow, memory can be added to instances without additional licensing) and Flexible licensing and entitlement. We have an extension to the Virtual appliances with a developer edition to cater to the needs of the developers.
In summary, Datapower is your only solution for operational agility, fast & consistent response time for enterprise applications including mobile & web apps with local & external caching reducing load on back-end systems and faster time to value & improved developer productivity with configuration pattern-authoring & deployment support and of course all these at a much reduced Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).