TIBCO BusinessWorks aims to oil cloud-native gears

The Information Bus COmpany, or TIBCO to you and me, has tipped a direct nod towards the popularisation and proliferation of container-based software application development.

The firm’s BusinessWorks Container Edition 2.1 product aims to provide container-based application integration functions.

Oiling cloud native gears

But what does it take to integrate a container-based application?

What TIBCO provides here is intelligence to make service registry and discovery happen — this is the process of knowing what service depends upon what piece of infrastructure and, crucially, determining how critical that service is and so being able to prescribe the right piece of infrastructure to that service in the first place.

TIBCO also provides circuit breaker patterns, which are very useful in a distributed environment such as the cloud model where access operations may fail from time to time (due to network connection mismatches and anomalies where they may be over-committed) … although an intelligent cloud system will retry and try to gain access to those resources, a  circuit breaker pattern allows the retry connection to be broken (to avoid excessive use of CPU and other resources) to avoid what are known as cascading failures.

Anyways… back to the TIBCO news, the firm has also tabled support for deploying the solution on Amazon EC2™ Container Service (ECS) and Microsoft Azure Container Service cloud platforms.

“The cloud market is evolving increasingly fast, and digital businesses must be agile to keep pace. We work hard to provide tools that not only simplify the process of building cloud-native applications, but also offer users flexibility to make changes they may want in the future,” said Matt Quinn, executive vice president, products & technology, and chief technology officer, TIBCO. “TIBCO BusinessWorks Container Edition offers versatility, reduces risk, and gives CIOs peace of mind that they can enable hybrid cloud architectures that suit their needs and avoid lock in. We’re pleased to announce extended platform support for Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, as well as additional feature enhancements.”

TIBCO explains functionality further in the below bullets:

  • Service Registry and Discovery enables microservices to dynamically discover and invoke other registered services.
  • Circuit Breaker Patterns detect failures and encapsulate logic that prevents failures from constantly reoccurring, thereby protecting the overall system from adverse effects.
  • Migration Toolkit supports a simple move directly from TIBCO ActiveMatrix BusinessWorks 5 to BusinessWorks Container Edition.