Summer is the time for road trips. And this year, all roads point to microservices becoming the software architecture of choice as enterprises seek greater agility, resiliency, reliability, performance and efficiency in delivering their apps and services.
Nowhere is that more striking than in the April 2018 “Global Microservices Trends” report by Dimensional Research, which found that 91% of senior development stakeholders surveyed are using or plan to use microservices. Dimensional Research conducted the independent research study on behalf of application performance management provider LightStep, and it revealed that 86% of respondents expect microservices to be the default approach within five years.
Today, we are supporting enterprises’ move to microservices architectures with the Summer 2018 Release of our WSO2 Agile Integration Platform. With the new release, development teams now have powerful capabilities for bringing robust microservices-based digital services to market rapidly to meet market demand.
WSO2 Advantage in Driving Microservices Innovation
By delivering WSO2 functionality on a cloud native, open source platform, we facilitate the agility and innovation that enterprises require to thrive in rapidly evolving markets driven by disruptive technologies and digital business models—while protecting against lock-in. Now with our Summer 2018 Release of the WSO2 Agile Integration Platform, we extend those advantages with platform-wide support for the development and deployment of highly distributed, lightweight microservices. These capabilities extend across our integrated API management, enterprise integration, analytics, and identity and access management (IAM) offerings.
Management of microservices APIs is addressed by WSO2 API Microgateway, which provides secure, low-latency access to microservices and eliminates the need for a central gateway by enabling enterprises to apply API management policies in a decentralized fashion.
Real-time microservices analytics are enabled by WSO2 Stream Processor, a lightweight runtime that can run in distributed deployments using Kafka and container-native environments, such as Kubernetes. With the Summer 2018 Release, it adds support for message tracing across microservices using the OpenTracing standard for better insights into performance.
Microservices integration is optimized using the MicroESB in WSO2 Enterprise Integrator. Available with the Summer 2018 Release, the MicroESB is a lightweight mediation runtime that includes all core mediation capabilities. As a profile of WSO2 Enterprise Integrator, the MicroESB is based on the same features as the Integration profile and offers a significantly faster startup time, making it ideal for containers. In addition, the newest release of WSO2 Enterprise Integrator supports Eclipse Oxygen, the latest version of the Eclipse integrated development environment (IDE).
Secure microservices are provided by WSO2 Identity Server which now supports role-based access control (RBAC) and validation using the Java Web Token (JWT) standard that has been widely adopted for microservices.
Support Designed for Microservices Environments
The rise of microservices means that middleware capabilities increasingly are deployed as a dynamic collection of services or microservices, rather than as a set of servers easily counted in advance. At the same time, many customers want to benefit from access to the breadth of WSO2 platform capabilities for advanced integration, API management, identity management, and stream processing. To support these environments, we’ve also introduced the WSO2 Platform License for WSO2 Subscription, our commercial offering.
WSO2 Subscription features access to WSO2 Update for continuous delivery of bug fixes, security updates, and performance enhancements, along with WSO2 Support for 24x7 support. Now, with the WSO2 Platform License, customers can purchase a simple single subscription tiered to the number of CPUs allotted for WSO2 deployments. Within this allotment any of WSO2’s primary products can be deployed as needed to meet the scalability or functional demands of the day, making adoption of WSO2 in container-based environments simpler and more cost-effective.
The WSO2 Platform License for WSO2 Subscription is complemented by other service and support enhancements to maximize customers’ success using our technology:
- The new Technical Account Manager (TAM) program provides a named technical support contact. This TAM acts as the first line of support, manages a priority support queue during working hours in a customer’s time zone, and can be embedded onsite. A TAM enables faster response and resolution times, maintains context across issues, and stays alert to address potential problems before they become support issues.
- A new WSO2 Update Service “security-only” channel is available for customers who need to keep current with security features but are not ready in their lifecycle stage to make all updates. The security-only channel includes just security updates and selected bug fixes with clear dependencies from a security update.
- Expanded WSO2 product installation experiences simplify the evaluation, deployment and integration with DevOps systems. Today, they include Docker images, native installers for popular operating systems, and an updated version of WSO2 Update Manager. Many options include pre-installed WSO2 Updates that make it easier to deploy bug fixes and security updates into development, test, and production environments. Additional installation offerings set to launch in Q3 2018 are Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry Tiles, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Formation.
More organizations are turning to microservices to innovate a new generation of digital solutions that are powering businesses and economies around the world. WSO2 brings you the technology, expertise and services to ensure that the integration of those microservices is as agile as the development of those services, themselves.