Planning an IBM Integration Bus environment

When you start to plan your IBM® Integration Bus environment, you must first consider the design of your system infrastructure. A major consideration when you are planning to use IBM Integration Bus is how it will fit into your overall system architecture, and it is important to understand the movement of data around your whole system.

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It is also important to understand the high-level goals of the system that you are building, and to be clear about the functional requirements. For example, IBM Integration Bus has extremely powerful routing and transformation capabilities, but it is not designed to function as an application server whose primary function is data processing that involves a high number of complex calculations.

Another important consideration is whether you require a highly available (HA) system that can withstand the failure of an individual integration server or integration node. For more information about high availability, see Configuring integration nodes for high availability.

The following topics describe these factors.