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IBM WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliance Handbook 1st Edition
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Prior to reading this text, I read through other material such as Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the IBM RedBooks series "IBM WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliances", but even though IBM RedBooks provide valuable information, and I regularly reference both IBM product manuals and IBM RedBooks while working with the rest of the WebSphere branded suite of products being used for this particular project, such as WebSphere Message Broker Toolkit and WebSphere Transformation Extender Design Studio, I find this book much more practical for DataPower.
While I extolled the benefits that vendor neutrality provided another IBM Press text, "Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information" (see my review), what the authors provide here is intended to focus on DataPower, and additional non-IBM background material is provided to both those new to this space and those who need to get acquainted with the particular contexts in which DataPower might apply.
My focus was on the DataPower XI50 integration appliance, although this text also covers the XA35 entry level product and the XS40 security appliance.Read more ›
That being said, this is an excellent, long-overdue treatise on DataPower. The "DataPower Bible" if you will.
My first exposure to DataPower was in March of 2007. The idea of pushing expensive software functions (xml/crypto) into hardware was an epiphany for me.
I decided to pursue this with vigor.
My initial excitement was tempered by the huge learning curve that awaited me. DataPower information was fragmented and the extensive capabilities of the device challenged me to learn many new things.
There was never a single, authoritative source for DataPower information and best practices.......until now!!!
I am now carrying these 900 pages in my backpack and insisting that my customers purchase this book.
When I have a customer question, I go to the Index or search the online version....this is my first reference for all questions DataPower.
Even after 2 years of on-the-job experience, I am still exclaiming "ah-hahs" when I research things in this book.
I highly recommend this book for anybody that works with DataPower on a regular basis.
The book is divided into several sections which are geared toward different interested parties. There is a wealth of information in there for administrators, network architects, security architects, and, of course, firewall developers.
This is, hands-down, one of the best technical books I have ever owned. It is so good, in fact, that we went ahead and purchased three copies for use within the company.
Oh-- one additonal point: I'm not sure if it's mentioned in the book, but there is an online forum for DataPower users that is also an excellent resource. The forum is located here:
And one final gripe: I really wish that the original DataPower designers had chosen to call the XML processing pipelines something other than a "firewall." That name totally confuses everyone I talk to. Oh well....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The reviews here for the older volume are applicable to the suite of books this is now split into. This second edition book here is now only and intro and quick-setup guide... Read morePublished 20 months ago by NewJerseyDan
These reviews correspond to the IBM WebSphere DataPower SOA Applience Handbook ... ISBN-13: 978-0-13-714819-6 ISBN-10: 0-13-714819-4 ... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Artic
There are many chapters in the book categorizing the topics and explained clearly. This is must to have book for DP admin or developers.Published on September 5, 2013 by Prab Metta
As integration of large disparate systems become more necessary, appliances like DataPower become more of a player in the market. Read morePublished on January 2, 2011 by David
We purchased this book as soon as it was published since we were already developing applications on an XI50 and were looking for some good, practical information. Read morePublished on March 10, 2010 by LindaB
If you are a security administrator or systems integration programmer this book should be on your book shelf. Read morePublished on April 3, 2009 by John Crawford