Red Hat gives Integration bundle a refresh

Red Hat has released the latest version of Red Hat Integration, a bundle of products for those looking to build integration architectures without having to worry about managing subscriptions for single components.

The product follows a quarterly release cycle and combines a number of the company’s middleware offerings, namely integration platform Red Hat Fuse, messaging platform Red Hat AMQ, and API infrastructure project 3scale API Management. It is meant to help users “connect apps across hybrid cloud architectures and enable API-centric business services”.

In earlier versions, Data Virtualization was also one of the featured elements which has been discontinued since, according to an email statement from Red Hat. Existing customers however are still supported and the Integration team is “looking to add some of the capabilities from Data Virtualization to Red Hat Integration in the near future”.

Since the individual products all follow their own release cadence, Integration updates mostly include features already known to users of the individual products. AMQ Online for example, one of the components now available as part of the bundle, reached general availability status in late January 2018, but is one of the highlighted features of the new Integration version.

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AMQ Online is part of Red Hat AMQ and is meant to offer the same capabilities, but is based on OpenShift so that it can be consumed like a cloud-based service for added flexibility. AMQ Streams for data streaming also belongs to the AMQ product line and can now be found in the Integration bundle for deployment on-premise and in public/private/hybrid cloud environments.

To offer a wider variety of services (around 200 up until now) that users can integrate into their application environment, Fuse Online has been fitted with connectors for Google Calendar, Slack, Apache Kafka, and preview access to Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR)-based healthcare data. Those can be used to send and receive events and messages from said services for further processing and facilitate the connection to data streams.

Lovers of a good command line interface will be thrilled to now have one of those at their disposal. It is mainly meant to let Integration customers use orchestration and provisioning tools like Ansible Automation to configure their Red Hat 3scale API Management implementations.

Since Integration is thought to be a good combination with OpenShift, it might be worth mentioning, that Red Hat just started offering 30 day free trials of their OpenShift Online Pro plan. Be careful however, since it is going to automatically convert to a paid account if you don’t cancel in time.

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