Enterprise App Server & Messaging

Tier 2 consultants have been working with JBoss technologies for some time, in fact we have been developing our JBoss EAP (Enterprise Application Platform) expertise since before Red Hat acquired JBoss and formalised its middleware portfolio.

Our knowledge of the JBoss EAP has evolved with each iteration and we continue to demonstrate technical excellence in the configuration, deployment and support services we offer, including:

  • Design, installation and configuration of your JBoss EAP estate, including security hardening, and support for high-availability requirements
  • Installation and configuration of JBoss Operations Network (JON) to support management and monitoring of the JBoss installation.
  • Migration of existing applications to JBoss EAP – specifically, from community versions of JBoss (AS and Wildfly), Websphere and Weblogic.
  • Healthchecks of existing EAP environments, where we validate the installation and configuration against recognised best practice (including EAP’s messaging components – Artemis / ActiveMQ)
  • Skills Transfer Workshops

For those who just require the flexibility of consumption model for JBoss advice and guidance, we offer Remote Consulting Services to provide a ‘rapid response’ team in time-boxed engagements.
The skills transfer workshops we facilitate are widely regarded as invaluable, due in no small part to the ability of the senior consultants delivering them – with two of them receiving Trainer of the Year Awards by attendees of Red Hat EMEA EAP training courses.

Snapshot examples of our work with JBoss EAP include:

JBoss EAP Health Check – Financial Services

An initial engagement to resolve an SSL configuration issue with 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

  • 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 JBoss Operations Network. 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

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

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

A review of the company’s full 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

JBoss ON Implementation – Motor Manufacturer

Installation and configuration of 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

  • JBoss Operations Network (JON) v3.3

JBoss EAP Health Check – Professional Membership Body

A review of the production 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 JBoss Operations Network, and a proof-of-concept CLI script for auto-scaling the domain.

Technologies Used

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

JBoss EAP Migration – Financial Services

Tier 2 performed an upgrade of JBoss from the (13-year-old) community version 3 to 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

  • JBoss AS 3
  • JBoss EAP 6
  • HornetQ
  • SwiftMQ
  • EJB 1.1
  • EJB 3

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

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

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 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

  • JBoss EAP
  • JBoss ON

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 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

  • JBoss EAP
  • JBoss Clustering
  • HornetQ
  • JSP

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 JBoss EAP, Tier 2 designed and delivered an 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

  • JBoss EAP
  • ClusteringQ
  • JMS
  • HornetQ

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