WSO2 CEO unveils new products in US designed to harness today’s connected world

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In an increasingly connected world, enterprises are extending new business models, processes and services across their employees, customers and partners. 

In his opening keynote presentation at WSO2Con US 2015 on Tuesday, WSO2 founder, CEO and chief architect Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana discussed evolving IT architectural requirements driven by the demands of a connected world. Additionally, he reviewed how new and upcoming products designed to work together within WSO2’s holistic platform are harnessing the power of analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, cloud, containers, microservices, and business

processes, among others, to deliver on these demands.

WSO2Con US 2015, WSO2’s ninth user conference, runs 2-4 November, at the Park Central Hotel in San Francisco, CA. In addition to the keynotes, the three-day event also features several conference sessions and technical tutorials examining the market forces, technology developments and IT best practices for excelling in the connected world.

“10 years ago, we started WSO2 to redefine middleware and create a holistic, entirely open source platform for addressing the application and integration requirements of enterprises with highly diverse, heterogeneous environments. Today, more than 2.2 trillion of our global customers’ transactions run through WSO2 enterprise middleware each year,” said Dr. Weerawarana. “We have now seen a sea of change in enterprise IT requirements with the growth of cloud, mobile and IoT platforms in today’s connected world. Through the new and significantly re-architected products we are rolling out with our platform, we are continuing our commitment to support the technologies and IT approaches that empower innovation.”


Analytics everywhere

Unprecedented volumes of data from the web, mobile devices, and IoT sensors are giving enterprises new insights into enhancing customer and partner interactions, identifying new business models, anticipating and preventing security breaches and technology failures, and improving operations.

WSO2 Data Analytics Server (WSO2 DAS) 3.0, announced at the event, addresses this demand. 

WSO2 DAS 3.0 is the next evolution of WSO2 Business Activity Monitor 2.5, which it replaces. It combines into one integrated, high-performance platform real-time and batch analysis of data with predictive analytics via machine learning to support the multiple demands of mobile, Web, cloud, and IoT-based apps.


Mobility and the Internet of Things

IoT and mobile devices are fostering new business models across a range of markets. However, implementing these new models requires the ability to provision and manage IoT devices and applications, as well as to integrate information from them in order to act on it. Today, WSO2 announced IoT optimisations in WSO2 DAS 3.0 and the WSO2 integration platform, including WSO2 Message Broker 3.0, WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus (WSO2 ESB) 4.9, WSO2 Business Process Server (WSO2 BPS 3.5), and WSO2 Data Services Server (WSO2 DSS) 3.5.

In his WSO2Con US keynote, Dr. Weerawarana also is previewing two products to address IoT and mobility demands, which are scheduled to launch in late Q4 2015/early Q1 2016. Both offerings are being built on WSO2 Connected Device Management Framework (CDMF), which provides functionality for device registration and management.

  • WSO2 IoT Server 1.0 is a comprehensive server for implementing an IoT architecture, including the management of IoT devices, APIs and applications. It is based on WSO2 CDMF and incorporates IoT device plugins along with functionality for IoT API management derived from WSO2 API Manager 1.9, analytics from WSO2 DAS 3.0, and IoT application management from WSO2 App Manager 2.0.
  • WSO2 Enterprise Mobility Manager is designed to manage mobile devices, APIs and applications. The forthcoming version 2.0 is being re-architected to use WSO2 CDMF and incorporates mobile device plugins along with functionality for mobile application and API management derived from WSO2 App Manager 2.0 and WSO2 API Manager 1.9, respectively, as well as analytics from WSO2 DAS 3.0.

Containers and 

the Cloud

Increasingly, enterprises are running their applications in containers to achieve greater agility and scalability, as well as better resource utilisation. In support of these organisations, WSO2 is migrating its cloud platforms from the Apache Stratos platform-as-a-service (PaaS) framework to a Kubernetes framework. WSO2 plans to launch two PaaS developments based on this migration in Q1 2016:

  • Products within the cloud-enabled WSO2 enterprise middleware platform will be available asDocker containers that can run on Kubernetes, as cartridges designed to run on ApacheStratos, or alternative packages for other PaaS frameworks in order to implement a privatePaaS.
  • WSO2 App Factory 2.0, the application PaaS (aPaaS) that features robust application life-cycle management capabilities, will be re-architected into Docker containers that give enterprises the option of running on Kubernetes.

The Move to Leaner IT and Microservices

The growing need to support applications across multiple platforms – from the Web and cloud to IoT and mobile devices—is reshaping enterprise IT architecture. IT organisations require software that can support today’s demands for high scalability while also remaining lean enough to run in highly distributed and diverse environments. At the application level, this is leading to the move toward microservices. WSO2 is addressing these architectural shifts with three product developments that are scheduled to launch in Q4 2015.

WSO2 Carbon 5.0 is a complete redesign of the component-based framework that provides core capabilities to all WSO2 middleware products; WSO2 Gateway 1.0 is an ultra high performance, lightweight and configuration-driven message gateway based on standard gateway patterns; WSO2 Microservices Server 1.0 is a fast, lightweight runtime engine, based on JAX-RS, the Java programming language API for creating RESTful Web services, which provides a simple way to develop, deploy and monitor microservices.

The ‘Consumerisation’ of IT

The online consumer experience is raising the bar on users’ expectations for enterprise systems.

WSO2 helps IT organisations address this demand by providing the ability to provision and manage enterprise assets—such as APIs, applications, services, among others—through socially enabled consumer store-like capabilities. Among new and forthcoming products:

  • WSO2 Enterprise Store 2.0, launched in September 2015, is the first complete platform for managing and provisioning any type of asset—applications, APIs, gadgets, e-books and other resources—across the entire enterprise asset life cycle.
  • WSO2 Governance Registry 5.0, announced today, provides comprehensive, out-of-the-box support for a range of governance and life-cycle management scenarios.
  • WSO2 Dashboard Server 2.0, the new release of the previously named WSO2 User Engagement Server is scheduled to launch in Q1 2016.
  • WSO2 Process Center 1.0, scheduled to launch in Q2 2016, is powered by WSO2 EnterpriseStore functionality, and makes it easy for anyone in the enterprise to document and discover processes.