WSO2Con US 2014 kicks off with CEO Sanjiva unveiling several strategic product developments to support today’s connected world

Its our biggest user-conference yet! After a great day of pre-conference tutorials yesterday, WSO2Con US 2014 officially got going with traditional drumming and CEO Sanjiva Weerawarana, talking about how competing in a connected world requires a new holistic approach to IT architecture that harnesses the combined power of the cloud, APIs, mobile computing, Internet of Things (IoT), analytics, DevOps, and integration.

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Here are some highlights from his keynote presentation:

Mobility and the Internet of Things

Enterprises are expanding the platforms they use to connect with employees, customers and partners. WSO2 is addressing the demands with two products: WSO2 Connected Device Manager and WSO2 App Manager.

WSO2 Connected Device Manager will build on the existing mobile device management capabilities of WSO2 Enterprise Mobility Manager (WSO2 EMM). New functionality will enable enterprises to deploy connected IoT devices to remotely manage them from a central point, update software, send out encryption keys remotely, and gather important information about devices’ physical locations.

WSO2 App Manager, in the first release, will extend the mobile application capabilities in WSO2 EMM to handle Web apps and desktop apps, providing unified management of these enterprise applications. Key capabilities will include:

  • Shared app store
  • Single-sign on solution
  • Publisher for managing enterprise applications throughout their life cycle
  • Application store that lets users search, view, rate and install applications on-demand
  • Console for administrators to manage users, administer policies, and install or uninstall  applications.

Expanding Public Cloud Capabilities

WSO2 continues to expand the capabilities of its WSO2 Cloud platform, which represents the company’s next generation of public platform as a service (PaaS). In conjunction with WSO2Con US 2014, WSO2 is rolling out added integration between WSO2 App Cloud, the application PaaS (APaaS) based on WSO2 App Factory, and WSO2 API Cloud, the API Management PaaS based on WSO2 API Manager, which are both in public beta. Through the integration, customers can develop and host Web services in WSO2 App Cloud, and then expose them as managed APIs in WSO2 API Cloud.

Additionally WSO2 is demonstrating early previews of two forthcoming WSO2 Cloud offerings:

  • WSO2 Device Cloud is the mobile and IoT device management PaaS that will be based on the forthcoming WSO2 Device Manager.
  • WSO2 Integration Cloud, based on WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus is an integration PaaS (iPaaS) that will enable the development, execution and governance of cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-enterprise integrations.

AppFactory Cloud-Enabled DevOps

WSO2 App Factory is WSO2’s shared, elastic, and self-service enterprise DevOps platform that helps to eliminate the challenges of shadow IT projects. It enables multiple project teams to collaboratively write applications, manage the application life cycles, and provide continuous cloud delivery. At the same time, robust life-cycle management and governance ensure compliance with IT, corporate and government policies.

WSO2 is enhancing WSO2 App Factory with support for custom app types. The functionality, which will enable IT professionals to define their own application types, builds on the extensibility of WSO2 Private PaaS (based on Apache Stratos) and allows the easy provisioning of new runtimes using pluggable cartridges. In the same product release, WSO2 also will add support for .NET applications, PHP, and Node.js within WSO2 App Factory.

Eclipse Che Adoption

WSO2 today announced that it will adopt Eclipse Che, an open source platform for a software-as-a-service (SaaS) integrated developer environments, as the core platform for all WSO2 tooling supporting its middleware, cloud, and mobile platforms. WSO2 is migrating WSO2 Developer Studio from the Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP) to Eclipse Che with version 4.0, and has completed the first milestone. Additional details are available in the WSO2 press release from October 27, 2014, entitled “WSO2 Adopts Eclipse Che Platform for Developer Environments, Joins Eclipse Foundation to Contribute Technology to Eclipse Che.”

Analytics Evolution

Today, WSO2 delivers first solution for enabling data streams to be analyzed simultaneously in real-time with WSO2 Complex Event Processor (WSO2 CEP) and via batch processing through WSO2 Business Activity Monitor (WSO2 BAM). As a result, enterprises have unprecedented flexibility to gain valuable insights from the vast streams of events coming into the organization. An open architecture, this solution combines best-of-breed open source components, such as Apache Hadoop, Apache Hive, and Apache Spark, as well as WSO2’s own open source Siddhi CEP engine.

WSO2 will extend its analytics architecture with new offerings for machine learning and event stream management.

  • The machine learning product will provide a wizard to let users start with a data set, explore and play with that data set, try out many machine learning algorithms and create machine learning models in order to select the best algorithm for a given data set. The models then can be executed from other products in the WSO2 Carbon enterprise middleware platform, such as WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus (WSO2 ESB) platform or BAM/CEP offerings.
  • An event stream store and gateway, which is based on the same principles as the store and gateway capabilities in WSO2 API Manager, will let users catalog, manage and monitor event streams.

Unified Governance

Throughout 2015, WSO2 will roll out a strategic initiative to provide central governance for all artifacts and their relationships across the WSO2 platform, such as projects, applications, services, APIs, policies or people. The capabilities will be incorporated into WSO2 Governance Registry 5.0. Once artifacts are managed centrally, users will be able to apply policies to services, know which APIs are used by an application, or understand which people are working on a certain project—all from a unified governance center. Information will be published automatically from all WSO2 servers, ensuring that governance information is always up to date.

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The next 2 days will be filled with awesome speakers covering these topics and more! Follow us on Twitter (@wso2con) and Facebook for live updates.