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2013 middleware predictions by Red Hat's Craig Muzilla. This post originally appeared on Dec. 18, 2012. Last year, I offered my thoughts on trends and developments that the market would see in 2012. At that time, I felt that we were looking at a continued emphasis on cloud, while mobile and backend integration technologies would rise in prominence within enterprise IT. I think the industry made progress in all three areas: analysts indicate huge adoption of mobile technologies as a substitute for what would have typically been a laptop or desktop computer; at Red Hat we saw an uptick in interest around some of our backend integration tools like rules-based processing and business process management (BPM); and the industry as a whole saw a solidification around cloud visions and roadmaps from vendors. One area that turned out to be much bigger than I had anticipated... (more)

JBoss Developer Studio 5 – add native BPMN2 Modeler as process designer

As of 12 Jan 2013, the Eclipse native BPMN2 Modeler project has released v0.2.1. I think it is now time to us this thing instead of the dying RulesFlow editor supplied out of the box. The project site states that it will be included in the jBPM 5.3 release. You can see in figure 1 that the native editor looks pretty good, showing the process designed for my Rewards Demo project based on JBoss BRMS. For completeness you can see the original process designer that ships with jBPM in figure 2, showing the same process. Here are the steps needed to install the Eclipse native designer ... (more)

The Abstraction of Apache Hadoop

I think Apache Hadoop is more or less synonymous with Big Data, but in what context? Is it Apache Hadoop as in the framework? Is it Apache Hadoop as in the platform? I think it is Apache Hadoop as in the ecosystem. However, the ecosystem is built on the platform and the platform is built on the framework. The purpose of this presentation is to show that Apache Hadoop, as in the framework, can be abstracted to the services required for building a Big Data platform, and that alternative implementations of these services are in fact complimentary if not alternative platforms for Big ... (more)

The Attack of Oracle Guest

Last October I published a post that identified the features that both JBoss Data Grid and Oracle Coherence provide (link). My goal was to establish a baseline for the features that a data grid should provide. It was not to state that one data grid was better than the other. Little did I know an Oracle employee would respond by attacking Red Hat, its engineers, and myself. It is fear? Is it hostility? I don’t know. I have engaged in discussions with competitors before. Roman and I engaged in a competitive discussion in response to one of my posts comparing IBM WebSphere and JBo... (more)

NoSQL and Partition Tolerance

I came across an article discussing NoSQL and partition tolerance. The NoSQL Partition Tolerance Myth (link) I may not entirely agree with the author. But what most NoSQL systems offer is a peculiar behavior that is not partition tolerant, but partition oblivious instead.   No argument here. While NoSQL implementations are aware that nodes have left, they are not aware that said nodes have formed a separate partition. In this case, we would want failure detection and carry out those transfers where the accounts are both on the same side of the partition, while denying or deferring... (more)