JuxtaComm And IBM Integrate Their Integration Products

  • Written By: Steve McVey
  • Published: December 8 2000

JuxtaComm And IBM Integrate Their Integration Products
M. Reed - December 8, 2000

Event Summary

JuxtaComm Technologies has announced a relationship with IBM to implement the IBM MQSeries Integrator (MQSI) as a component of their JuxtaComm Integration Broker Solution. The vendor claims this will provide a "universal adapter" capability for both publishing from and subscribing to new and legacy applications.

The new feature has two components:

  • Pulling information from the publishing applications and delivering it to the MQSeries Integrator (via "application extraction adapters")

  • Extracting information from the subscriber MQSeries Integrator queues and delivering this data to the target (via "application delivery adapters").

According to Robert Koblovsky, President of JuxtaComm, "By working with IBM, we can continue to enhance our products with leading-edge technology such as IBM MQSeries Integrator. IBM is a leader in the delivery of e-business solutions. Coupled with JuxtaComm Integration Broker, we can deliver the best of breed solutions to meet the end-to-end e-business requirements of any organization".

Rob Lamb, director, business integration at IBM, added "The combination of JuxtaComm's Integration Broker and the IBM MQSeries Integrator facilitates fast and easy retrieval of messages, increasing customer satisfaction and ensuring protection from data loss".

Market Impact

Integrating EAI products with IBM MQSeries Integrator (as well as MQSeries Workflow and the base MQSeries product) seems to be the flavor of the month for vendors, including Evoke Software, Vitria, and Extricity. Potential customers will be hard pressed to find an EAI vendor who does not have an "adapter" for MQSI, or is not currently developing one. The MQSeries base product is already built into JuxtaComm's offering, so the feature extension should be fairly straightforward.

Two of the major advantages to MQSI integration are support for over 35 platforms (very important in larger shops with legacy applications and systems), and "once, and once only" message and queuing capabilities, which means that transactions transferred between systems cannot be duplicated due to system failures. JuxtaComm's move to further the partnership with IBM was essential for it to remain competitive. Moving forward, JuxtaComm is considering adding code to a future release that will make JuxtaComm Integration Broker act as a "node" in the recently released MQSI Version 2. This would put them on a par with competitors such as New Era of Networks.

JuxtaComm has stated that its method of gaining market share in this competitive and rapidly growing area will involve highlighting the product's ease of use, ease of maintenance, and superior pricing model.

User Recommendations

Customers evaluating integration solutions between heterogeneous systems should take a look at JuxtaComm, along with such major EAI competitors as Tibco, Mercator and Vitria, and other new entrants to the field such as Evoke. Most all of the EAI vendors espouse the same philosophy ("make data integration easier, with faster ROI and less hand coding"), but each of them takes a slightly different approach to the problem. Care should be taken to ensure that the vendor's approach fits the customer need, and doesn't require a great deal of "tweaking".

It should be noted that JuxtaComm Integration Broker does not require the use of MQSeries to function. MQSeries Integrator is likely to enter the equation only if legacy mainframe data is involved, or if there is a need for asynchronous communication between the different systems.

Also note that the Transform Engine for JuxtaComm Integration Broker currently runs on 32-bit Windows platforms only. The vendor is considering the value of a UNIX port based on customer demand.

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