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You may have noticed we’ve started a new series of blogs focused on customers who are looking at moving to App Connect Enterprise on containers. We will update this blog regularly so you can use it as a “table of contents” for the series. A shortcut to this post is https://ibm.biz/iib-aceThe target audience is customers with potentially decades of knowledge on App Connect Enterprise and its predecessors, but perhaps little to no knowledge of containers or Kubernetes. So there’ll be plenty of explanation of concepts, terms and technology along the way. The series is a practical manifestation of some of the core concepts of agile integration.
The series will progress from a basic scenario, getting a simple flow running on containers, to exploring high availability, through to scenarios with MQ, creating CICD pipelines and more.The first few scenarios are now available. Take a look, let us know if they are useful, and give us thoughts on what you’d like to see later in the series. On a related note, please also feel free to check out the Dec 1st 2021 webinar "Migrating to App Connect Enterprise 12". This first set of posts examine how to achieve common scenarios using containers
Scenario 1: Deploying a simple flow on Docker - Introduces the App Connect certified containerScenario 2: Deploying a simple flow on Red Hat OpenShift
Scenario 3: Load balancing and autoscaling a simple App Connect flow - Discusses Kubernetes replication. Introduces "pods". Summarizes some advanced scaling topics.Scenario 4: Deploying an IBM MQ queue manager in a container
4a: Creating a queue manager in OpenShift from the Command Line - Introduces ConfigMaps and Secrets4b: Creating a queue manager in OpenShift from the Web Console
5a: Moving an App Connect flow using MQ onto containers5b: Scaling ACE integrations that use MQ request/reply
Scenario 6: Moving an App Connect flow that connects to a database onto containers Scenario 7: Installing the IBM App Connect Operator on Amazon EKSScenario 8: Migrating Global Cache to Java Hashmap on containersThis second set explore the underlying technology and conceptsThe IBM App Connect OperatorPart 1 - What is an Operator and why did we create one for IBM App Connect?Part 2 - Exploring the IntegrationServer resource of the IBM App Connect OperatorGetting Practical with Operators in IBM App Connect (webinar from TechCon 2022) Deployment in containersSplitting up the ESB: Grouping Integrations in a Containerized EnvironmentComparing styles of container deployment for IBM App Connect (a.k.a baked vs fried!)App Connect Enterprise Container Image Hierarchies - A Practical ExampleDeploying App Connect Enterprise applications from a CI/CD pipelineApp Connect Enterprise destination-agnostic pipelines and testingApp Connect Enterprise CI builds with on-demand service provisioning of datastoresACE shared classes and containers
Disaster recoveryExtracting configuration of an IBM App Connect environment on Kubernetes…many more coming, watch this space!