Here at CamelOne 2012, FuseSource is releasing two new products – Fuse ESB Enterprise 7.0 and Fuse MQ Enterprise 7.0.
Fuse ESB Enterprise 7 is an open source integration platform that draws on Apache Service Mix 4.4.1 to build a pluggable architecture component designed to allow enterprises to integrate core business applications into the far reaches of their enterprise architecture. Fuse MQ Enterprise 7 is standards-based, open source messaging software based on Apache MQ 5.5 and designed to be very flexible, so that it can be lightweight and maintain a small footprint, while at the same time handle large amounts of data and message load.
Jack Britton, a project manager at FuseSource, explained that the choice to start these new products at the number seven was far from arbitrary. The Apache projects that FuseSource has built their new offerings on are separate projects run on their own schedules. Enterprise application development shops have come to expect a very timely iterative patching and update schedule from proprietary messaging and integration software suites.
But don’t worry, the separate naming cycles (4.4.1 for Service Mix versus 5.5 for Apache MQ) shouldn’t undermine the confidence in enterprise customers. Says Britton, "FuseSource isn't really leaving the Apache way, but we are diverting a little bit to provide enterprises more certainty about patch release dates."
Both Fuse MQ Enterprise and Fuse ESB Enterprise are part of a push by FuseSource to provide an affordable real-time experience for their enterprise customers. As FuseSource President Larry Alston said in an official statement, “…most of the important activity in enterprises today occurs outside of the data center. Our customers are achieving amazing results by adopting an Integration Everywhere approach to their businesses. We believe this integration to the utmost edge of the enterprise will grow into a trend that is every bit as transformative as cloud computing, mobile, big data or any other of the ‘top computing trends’ today."
It remains to be seen if "Integration Everywhere" will stick as a new buzz word, battling the terms "Cloud" and "Big Data", but whatever it's called the trend of bringing enterprise integration further out from the data center is likely to continue. The demand for more closely integrated mobile software within the enterprise will probably increase as an increasingly consumerized workforce comes to expect faster services, more control, and ever increasing levels of reliability from their mobile apps.
The concept behind integrating everything together also feeds into the enterprise's ability to achieve real-time business intelligence. For example, integrating the embedded devices that delivery personnel use to scan and track packages allows package tracking to happen in real time. A truly integrated system will allow the enterprise to not only track delivery routes, but also change them in real time, if necessary.
Other industries are putting these concepts to work as well. For instance, Apex Networks has built an integration system for the automotive insurance industry in the UK which greatly improves the proper dispatching of emergency response vehicles for accidents and disabled vehicles. Apex ANS Network is built on existing Apache projects in conjuncture with consulting from FuseSource. According to Apex Product Manager Chris White, "Active MQ's network of brokers provides a large degree of resilience," which is important when people's lives and safety are at risk.