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Installation XAware on Amazon EC2??? 11 Years, 5 Months ago Karma: 2  
Hi,

I would like to install XAware server in the cloud to be able to use it as a service for our custom Salesforce integration use cases.

Has the XAware team or anyone else done/tried this already?
Anyone else interested?

It would be great if XAware would be able to provide an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) containing XAware Server, optionally with preconfigured xar files that hold standard integrations of Salesforce and other apps.

For more info on EC2 see http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/


Thanks!

Kind regards,

Dennis
 
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Re:Installation XAware on Amazon EC2??? 11 Years, 5 Months ago Karma: 13  
Seems like a reasonable idea, Dennis. Unfortunately, we have not done any work with EC2. Do you know the process of creating this Amazon Machine Image? Then, how is this deployed to EC2?

A broader high level question concerns the actual use case. I'm not certain I understand the value of packaging up a set of BizView files. What would they do? Just some sample retrievals and writes to/from Salesforce? I'm trying to think of the compelling reason to have an application call XAware in the cloud, versus and application just calling Salesforce directly. I believe there is lots of value to having XAware in the cloud to integrate data between multiple sources. But that would require design and deployment of BizView files with a specific purpose.

Please let me know your thoughts.

Thanks,

-Kirstan
 
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Re:Installation XAware on Amazon EC2??? 11 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 2  
Hi Kirstan,

I have created an amazon EC2 account and am working with their standard AMI's. It is very easy to create an account and start using an AMI.

You pay per use for time, storage per month and data transfer per GB, pricing seems fair for being in the cloud. And the pricing model seems fair. And it is elastic, so when you need more processing power, bandwidth or storage you can expand it easily.

We can use one of the available AMI's as a starting point for the XAware AMI.

As for my reasoning on why we would like to be in the cloud and why have reusable xars (business integration packs).
Cloud is not a must, but an easy solution if organisations want online apps to be integrated. No additional hardware and IT complexity needed in the organisation. As for integration with on premiss systems you could off course install XAware on premiss. Although for simple scenario's business customers might favour cloud solutions instead going to IT for installing a new integration platform on their IT infrastructure...
I would also look at what the competition is doing. Some examples are shown below


Data integration vendors are trying the comminity to share standard extensions and/or integrations they build: e.g Jitterpacks, snaplogic extensions, etc

As you suggested it would be a good idea to create standard set of XAware data CRUD services that work for Salesforce. To make it more reusable these would ideally map to/from a common information model for CRM space (and preferably broader).

These services could then be combined with other reusable XAware Data Services that implement the CRUD services and map to the same Common Information Model.

As for designing those solutions I agree with you completely. I am talking about creating common integration scenario's between well known combinations of apps. We could also think about putting some mapping in the middle.

You might have to add, extend of change some data services for customisation in the apps, corner cases or more custom integration scenario's.

Does this make sense?

Dennis
 
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Re:Installation XAware on Amazon EC2??? 11 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 5  
IMHO, the primary benefit of Amazon EC2 is server provisioning, and using their infrastructure to scale outward.

The Amazon Machine Image could be Red Hat Linux with JBoss installed and pre-configured, perhaps with the EAR already deployed.
 
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Re:Installation XAware on Amazon EC2??? 11 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 5  
I do think that XAware would make Amazon very happy if there was an adapter for Amazon Simple Queue Service to read/write to SQS as a remote queue. In a Amazon /Salesforce presentation at Integration Consortium Summit in Minneapolis last fall, Amazon was positioning SQS like a store/forward messaging service for B2B much like the old EDI VANs.
 
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Re:Installation XAware on Amazon EC2??? 11 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 5  
Couldn't find a Red Hat JBoss AMI provided by Red Hat (go figure), but I did find this:

OpenSolaris 2008.05 with JBoss Application Server AMI provided by Sun Microsystems, Inc.

This AMI contains 32-bit OpenSolaris 2008.05 with packages updated to build 91, Jboss 4.2.3 App Server, JDK 1.5/1.6, Mysql 5.0 and Apache 2.2.
http://developer.amazonwebservices.com/connect/entry!default.jspa?categoryID=101&externalID=1681&fromSearchPage=true
 
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