Progress Updates Open Source FUSE ESB for Full Lifecycle

Progress Software is shipping FUSE ESB 4.0, an upgrade to the former IONA open source ESB based on the Apache Open Source ServiceMix ESB. FUSE 4.0 expands lifecycle support to design, build, test, deploy and manage the ESB, and underscores Progress' intent to continue support for Open Source middleware.

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Progress Software is shipping FUSE ESB 4.0, an upgrade to the former IONA open source ESB based on the Apache Open Source ServiceMix ESB. FUSE 4.0 expands lifecycle support to design, build, test, deploy and manage the ESB, and underscores Progress' intent to continue support for Open Source middleware.

FUSE ESB 4.0 ESB provides a light-weight, embeddable ESB that can be run as a standalone ESB provider (with integrated Spring support), or run at the edge of a network (inside a client or server), or as a service within another ESB, and in Java SE or a Java EE application server.

FUSE 4.0 ESB also features a FUSE ESB Console, user interface for deploying, managing, and provisioning bundles. FUSE is also the first certified implementation of the Apache ServiceMix ESB.

"Progress [Software] is definitely committed to this area of open and standards-based ESB," Larry Alston, vice president and general manager of Open Source at Progress Software told IDN. "It's been very impressive all the excitement there is here for Open Source and standards."

Notably, Progress gave the FUSE team the green light to continue to move forward with development projects based on customer feedback that were already underway at the time of their IONA acquisition

"We've learned a lot from our FUSE customer base, and the result is a highly-differentiated product that brings the best of enterprise-support and Open Source to one platform offering, Alston told IDN.

FUSE 4.0 Fills Key Customer Requests
Two key enablers for helping FUSE integrate with existing environments are optimized performance for the FUSE message broker (based on Active MQ) and FUSE 4.0's bundled support for the Java Business Integration (JBI) 2.0 standard,

FUSE ESB 4.0 also offers backwards compatibility with JBI 1.0, which ensures that FUSE 3.X (and ServiceMix 3.X) components are seamlessly deployable onto FUSE ESB 4.0, Alston added.

Other upgrades FUSE 4.0 ESB integrate many middleware development, design and deployment components to make it easier for devs to deploy ESBs in many different mission-0critical enterprise scenarios, and to "implement the integration patterns they need with the programming models" with which enterprise devs are most comfortable, according to Progress executives.

Among notable new capabilities in FUSE ESB 4.0 are:
  • Normalized Message Router (NMR) - a standard way for components to plug in and talk to an ESB, now supports multiple programming models in addition to JBI;
  • OSGi Framework - a faster and standard way to create, deploy, and easily provision integration components as modules;
  • Integrated FUSE Message Broker -- a JMS messaging infrastructure within the NMR and for communications with the ESB;
  • Integrated FUSE Mediation Router -- a routing engine that creates enterprise integration patterns with minimal skills required via a simple Java DSL;
  • Integrated FUSE Services Framework -- a web services feature (SOAP) that enables the easy creation of web services using a broad range of programming models;
  • Native Spring support - enables Spring users to quickly create components using Spring XML.

  • "One of the key lessons we've learned is that we have both SOA and non-SOA customers finding value for a simple-to-use ESB. Our focus on offering simple integration with web commerce to existing systems, for instance, has found a lot of appeal for many customers, especially new customers. They also like that they get enterprise-class training and support with an open and standard platform."

    "Enterprise IT is clearly more interested in deploying open and Open Source middleware than ever," Alston added. "In this environment, both from cost and open source's maturity, people are clearly looking to Open Source as a viable option for messaging and integration."



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