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Atomikos survey results

Monday, June 13th, 2011

I would like to dedicate this post to all of our users who have been kind enough to give us their feedback via our online survey (you know, the one you receive by email once you register for download).

First of all, thank you very much for your feedback - this type of information is invaluable for any business, especially a start-up like us. Being agile as we are, any inconveniences found can be quickly corrected in our products and our business model.

So what are the results so far? Well, I won’t keep you in suspense any longer so let me just outline the summary:

  • About 90% of the respondents would feel bad about missing our products in future projects
  • About 60% have recommended our products to other people

Up to you to decide if this is good or bad - but we certainly are pleased with that result! Once again, a big thank you to our community!

Cloud: the dawn of the SOA era

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

The recent announcement of Apple’s cloud illustrates yet again that a new era is about to start: that of the cloud - and with that, the massive adoption of service oriented architectures (SOA).

This will have an impact so huge that it is hard to underestimate. Some of the obvious changes that will happen are most likely the following:

  • Infrastructure (operations) will become agile - at the expense of IT jobs in operations. Applications will be deployed with unprecedented ease and speed. This is because the cloud infrastructure will transparently allocate the resources that now are allocated by human administrators.
  • SOA will become mainstream. This is because even the most common infrastructure services will be virtualized, running in the same or a different VM from the application, and scaling up and down as needed.

The interesting part - at least to us - is that transactions will become more distributed than ever. We are ready for this change - are you?

Announcing end-to-end support

Monday, June 6th, 2011

We are going through exciting times here at Atomikos! Today, we are pleased to announce that we will be offering single-point-of-contact, end-to-end support across different back-end systems for the following database vendors:

  • Oracle
  • DB2
  • SQLServer
  • Sybase
  • Informix
  • PostgreSQL via 2ndQuadrant (added on June 30 2011)

…and the following queuing vendors:

  • MQSeries
  • ActiveMQ
  • SonicMQ

This is an initial list that will probably grow over time (stay in touch to find out).

What does this mean? Well, it means that Atomikos can offer support from the queue to the database and back again without you having to worry about dealing with different support channels.

This support is optional and not included in the standard support subscription. Contact us to find out more…

How to leverage Atomikos in the cloud

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Data consistency in the cloud is a totally different ball game - as perfectly illustrated by this newsletter issue from ZapThink. Essentially, you have to cope with some form of partition tolerance and stale data values in caches. This is usually summarized as the CAP issue (for more details, see the ZapThink post).

Luckily, the solution to the problem can be as simple as outlined in our solution to the CAP problem.

Life is good :-)

Reflections on the cloud

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

The cloud is an interesting phenomenon, to say the least. Just last week, I witnessed a demo by Adrian Colyer at the What’s Next (Paris) event that left me very impressed because I could easily understand the problems that it solves:

  • Slow infrastructure setup is replaced by instant availability of resources (databases, hardware)
  • Scalability is trivially easy: on command is all it takes
  • Services are promoted as the means of reuse - effectively enabling SOA strategies

I know from experience that these are all pain points in today’s IT infrastructure for just about every big organization. So for mainstream operations, I think the cloud is going to be a killer.

While this is all fine, I still wonder how this will work out for one of our core markets: finance. Sure enough, initial offerings are showing up, but so far nothing really interesting for our retail banking audience. Add to this the fact that most banks are typically very conservative (they have to be) and the cloud for the banking world seems a bit more of a future situation than for the rest of the industry.

But certainly that time will come too, and for those days Atomikos has the exact kind of technology for cloud-enabling transaction guarantees that banks depend on so much. That is because we offer the third generation of TP monitoring technology: light-weight, embeddable, perfectly scalable and SOA capable too.

The future is bright;-)

BPM and Transactions for REST

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Check out this interesting presentation on InfoQ by Cesare Pautasso.

We at Atomikos are working with Cesare to research REST and Transactions and how to integrate this with BPM for REST as well; check out this slideshare presentation (also by Cesare).

Enhancing Postgresql XA

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Over the next months we will be working with 2ndQuadrant to improve the Postgresql XA functionality and streamline compatibility with Atomikos products. During this time, we will gradually elaborate an XA compatibility test kit that will serve both as a test tool and a learning suite for XA features in databases in general.

Interested? Please contact us if you would like to get more details, or if you want to contribute…

Startup in recovery-only mode

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

It has happened a couple of times that people have asked me how to startup only the recovery part of their applications. While there is no built-in support in Atomikos (for now), here is a way to do it with Spring:

  • Concentrate your DataSource, ConnectionFactory and TransactionManager bean definitions in one config file, say infrastructure-config.xml (the term will sound familiar to those who practice Domain-Driven Design (DDD)
  • Use this config file in your application; this is your full runtime
  • Create a separate Main that initializes Spring with nothing else but this config; this will be your recovery-only rutime

Voila! Enjoy…

DBCP and XA with Atomikos as JTA

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Interesting blog post on how to use DBCP in XA mode, with Atomikos as the JTA…

Maven staging repo for our 3.7.0M5 build

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Hi,

The Sonatype maven staging repo for our latest build is available here

Enjoy!