The best-selling API and SOA appliance just got better. Earlier this month, IBM announced at the Impact 2014 conference the latest release of its IBM WebSphere DataPower gateway – release 7. The release contains a number of important new features and enhancements. I wanted to focus on one feature that is perhaps the single most important change to the appliance since IBM acquired DataPower in 2005: GatewayScript.
This new programming model is so crucial for DataPower as a product because customers are increasingly using DataPower for more and more complex enterprise integration functions. Within SOA Software’s own customer base, we are seeing customers request DataPower API and SOA features that go far beyond security enforcement and XML transformation. Service level monitoring, System z mainframe integration, micro-orchestration, and data aggregation are just a sampling of what the DataPower appliance is being asked to do in today’s workloads. APIs are further putting pressure on DataPower to do more with less due to their demands to expose more and more backend enterprise data to wider and wider communities of users using simpler technologies adapted to the needs of cloud and mobile. Welcome to the convergence of API and SOA.
SOA Software is planning to score a coup as well. Look for SOA Software’s unified API and SOA management solution for DataPower to fully leverage GatewayScript, both to solve core features on DataPower, and to offer customers a fully managed and automated approach to deploying GatewayScript-enabled APIs onto DataPower. The DataPower line of gateways are now more than ever prepared to solve your toughest API, SOA, and enterprise integration challenges.
We hope you are planning to score a coup as well. Let us know how you plan to use GatewayScript to bring a whole new class of problem solving to DataPower. Because in the new world of DataPower 7, XSLT has a new best friend.