Middleware Consulting

Proven Expertise. Awarding Winning Red Hat® JBoss® Middleware Consultants.

Tier 2 Consulting was the first Premier Middleware Partner in the UK and Ireland. Tier 2 Consulting has been a Red Hat Premier Middleware Partner since 2014, supporting clients across the UK & Ireland – and a partner accreditation determined only by the proven skills and experience of our certified UK Red Hat® JBoss® Middleware Consultants.

Combined with our enterprise application development experience, the partnership ensures that our customers receive the highest quality technical consultancy, advice, support & training from our UK Red Hat® JBoss® Middleware consultants.

Tier 2 consultants have advanced technical expertise with core Red Hat® JBoss® technologies – Red Hat® JBoss® Enterprise Application Platform (JBoss EAP), Red Hat® JBoss® Fuse, Red Hat® Decision Manager, and Red Hat® BPM Suite. We are also technically accredited to deliver services in Red Hat’s emerging technologies such as the Red Hat® OpenShift Container Platform and Red Hat® 3Scale API Management.

Popular Consultancy Services

JBoss EAP Healthcheck

Our JBoss EAP Health Check service is designed to ensure that your  JBoss EAP installation and configuration is fit for purpose. The work can be done on site or remotely by our Red Hat accredited UK JBoss® Middleware Consultants.

Why do I need an EAP Health Check?

  • Validate your Red Hat® JBoss® installation against recognized best practices before going live
  • Ensure that your Red Hat® JBoss® servers are ‘hardened’ to meet specific security requirements
  • Determine whether performance or stability of your application(s) may be improved by changes to the JBoss® configuration, including clustering and high-availability

Tier 2 [RCS] – Remote Consulting Services for JBoss Administrators & Developers

Why wait for an onsite visit when you can get remote advice and expert guidance with your JBoss requirements from a UK Red Hat® JBoss® Middleware Consultant on flexible terms? Tier 2 [RCS] is an ad-hoc, cost-effective remote service that supports the activities of your JBoss administrators and application development teams.

Key Benefits:

  • A cost-effective monthly retainer fee guarantees remote access to our Red Hat® JBoss® and JEE experts for advice and guidance to call-off when you need it
  • Get timely access to a broad range of expertise from across the Tier 2 team, consultants familiar with the many Red Hat® JBoss® technologies and development frameworks
  • Discounted daily rates for other Tier 2 services, e.g. onsite consultancy; skills transfer
  • Preferential discounts for Tier 2 [RCS] customers wishing to buy Red Hat® JBoss® Middleware product subscriptions

Example Customer Assignments

Each consultancy assignment is tailored to the specific requirements and objectives of our customers:

JBoss Business Process Management (BPM) PoC for a Prestige Automotive Manufacturer Finance Division

Full lifecycle delivery of a PoC of JBoss BPM Suite, including requirements analysis, installation and configuration of BPM software environments, modelling & deployment of business processes.

Technologies Used

  • Red Hat® JBoss® BPM Suite
  • Red Hat® JBoss® EAP

Red Hat® JBoss® BRMS (now Red Hat® Decision Manager) for a major bank

Conducted a detailed review, and compiled a set of recommendations, for the Business Rule & Process aspects of the client’s implementation. Including an onsite visit to conduct workshops, working with the client’s development team to improve their usage of a new technology platform (BRMS).

Technologies Used

  • Red Hat® JBoss® BRMS
  • jBPM
  • Maven
  • drools
  • Spring

Red Hat® JBoss® EAP Health Check – Financial Services

An initial engagement to resolve an SSL configuration issue with Red Hat® JBoss® EAP 5, leading to a health check review of server configuration and security. Particular emphasis was placed on performance tuning and the removal of unnecessary services. The health check produced a prioritised list of recommendations for improving performance and hardening security on the server.

Technologies Used

  • Red Hat® JBoss® EAP 5.2

HornetQ Cluster Review and Migration to EAP – Communications Company

A review of the existing community implementation of HornetQ, documenting the existing setup and making recommendations for performance improvements. Post-review, this engagement ultimately led to a new HA configuration consisting of live/backup broker pairs, and a migration away from community edition HornetQ, to the supported version within JBoss EAP 6.

Technologies Used

  • HornetQ 2.4, JBoss EAP 6.4.1

JBoss ON Skills Transfer Workshop – Legal Insurance

Preparation and delivery of a skills transfer workshop for Red Hat® JBoss® Operations Network (JON). This included the development of materials (slide presentations and exercises) relevant to the client’s installation, and delivery of the workshop at the client’s premises. The workshop covered the full range of JBoss ON features, including installation and configuration of servers and agents, managing inventory, creating monitoring schedule and alert templates, provisioning, drift management, server administration and the creation of an HA cloud.

Technologies Used

  • Red Hat® JBoss® EAP 6.1 (domain mode)
  • Apache 2.2
  • Red Hat® JBoss® Operations Network 3.3

Red Hat® JBoss® EAP / Fuse Service Works / JON Health Check – Building Materials Distribution

A review of the company’s full Red Hat® JBoss® stack, including Fuse Service Works, Active-MQ, EAP and Operations Network. As well as standard health check outputs, including configuration best practice and security recommendations, this assignment focused heavily on the use of Operations Network for capacity planning and the definition of key performance indicators, to be used both as an early-warning system for administrators, and in the production of an Operational Level Agreement between IT and the business.

Technologies Used

  • JBoss Fuse Service Works 6.0.0, A-MQ 6.2, EAP 6.1, JON 3.3
  • JA-MQ 6.2
  • EAP 6.1
  • JON 3.3

Red Hat® JBoss® ON Implementation – Motor Manufacturer

Installation and configuration of Red Hat® JBoss® Operations Network for the enterprise’s entire JBoss estate, including installation of remote agents on 15 JBoss application servers covering the System Test, UAT and Production environments. Configuration of monitoring schedules and alert templates for all servers, and configuration of fine-grained access permissions on different server groups. The engagement also included the use of JON to monitor and alert on the availability of remote web services deployed on IBM Websphere.

Technologies Used

  • Red Hat® JBoss® Operations Network (JON) v3.3

Red Hat® JBoss® EAP Health Check – Professional Membership Body

A review of the production Red Hat® JBoss® EAP 6 domain (including Apache load balancing tier), with the specific objectives of validating the configuration against Red Hat’s own best practice and ensuring that the environments are secure and scalable, supporting potential increases in end-user load. Additional output from the review included recommendations for capacity planning using Red Hat® JBoss® Operations Network, and a proof-of-concept CLI script for auto-scaling the domain.

Technologies Used

  • Red Hat® JBoss® EAP 6 (domain mode)
  • Apache 2.2
  • Red Hat® JBoss® Operations Network 3.3

Red Hat® JBoss® EAP Migration – Financial Services

Tier 2 performed an upgrade of JBoss® from the (13-year-old) community version 3 to Red Hat® JBoss® EAP 6. This included the design of a new JMS message bridge allowing messages to be forwarded from HornetQ to an external SwiftMQ broker.

Technologies Used

  • Red Hat® JBoss® AS 3
  • Red Hat® JBoss® EAP 6
  • HornetQ
  • SwiftMQ
  • EJB 1.1
  • EJB 3

Red Hat® JBoss® Infrastructure Planning & Implementation – Insurance

Completed an overall review of functional and non-functional requirements (including high availability and security) to define an optimal JBoss infrastructure, and the tasks required to implement it, including staff training. Subsequently ran the JBoss Administration training and led the customer team on the implementation project.

Technologies Used

  • Red Hat® JBoss® EAP 6
  • Apache Web Server
  • mod-cluster
  • Red Hat® JBoss® Operations Network
  • Squid

Red Hat® JBoss® EAP Best Practices for a major insurance / reinsurance group

Completed an overall review of functional and non-functional requirements (including high availability and security) to define an optimal Red Hat® JBoss® infrastructure, and the tasks required to implement it, including staff training. Subsequently ran the JBoss Administration training and led the customer team on the implementation project.

Technologies Used

  • Red Hat® JBoss® EAP
  • Red Hat® JBoss® ON

Red Hat® JBoss® Fuse ESB architecture, design and implementation – Financial Services

Tier 2 provided architecture, design and development experience to assist in the integration of a new lease management system with existing legacy systems. Delivered in a Fabric (clustered) configuration to provide high levels of performance and resilience, the solution makes extensive use of out-of-the-box Camel endpoints for JMS, web service, and database integrations, with the addition of a custom endpoints for document management integration.

Technologies Used

  • Red Hat® JBoss Fuse (Fabric)
  • Camel
  • JMS

WebLogic – JBoss EAP Migration for a life insurance company

Tier 2 worked closely with internal technical staff to plan and complete the migration of an existing application from WebLogic to Red Hat® JBoss® EAP. We also provided expertise to develop proof of concepts and example applications to demonstrate the use of HornetQ in a High-Availability (HA) environment.

Technologies Used

  • Red Hat® JBoss® EAP
  • Red Hat® JBoss® Clustering
  • HornetQ
  • JSP

Red Hat® JBoss® EAP6 Administration “Starter Package” & HornetQ Cluster Set-up for a Financial Solutions Provider (Scandinavia)

Following our client’s decision to migrate from Glassfish to Red Hat® JBoss® EAP, Tier 2 designed and delivered a Red Hat® JBoss® EAP6 administration “kick-start” package comprising example configurations, and onsite knowledge-transfer sessions for advanced users (technical architects). This was followed by a second engagement to install and configure a co-located HornetQ cluster using in-memory replication and SSL.

Technologies Used

  • Red Hat® JBoss® EAP
  • ClusteringQ
  • JMS
  • HornetQ

WHO WE WORK WITH

Crown Commercial Service Supplier

Established in 2002, the quality of our work is evidenced by the stature of our long-standing clients, which include The Scouts Association, King’s College London, Suzuki GB, Simplify Group, Motability Operations Ltd, EDMI, Wolseley UK and Alphabet GB (BMW).

Tier 2 provides custom application development for web, mobile and enterprise integrations to clients across a range of industry sectors. We have particular expertise in the compliant driven worlds of finance and pharmaceuticals, where our regulatory knowledge adds significant value to the project teams we work with in these environments.

Tier 2 now offers Cloud Software Support and technical services around the Red Hat OpenShift Container Management Platform (PaaS) on the G-Cloud 9 procurement portal.

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