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We've been quite fortunate as Ken Yagen (Senior Director of Engineering) from MuleSource (http://mulesource.org/display/MULE/Home), offered to do a presentation on SOA (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Service-oriented_architecture) and ESB (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enterprise_service_bus) on Mule's open-source platform (http://mulesource.org/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=13729892). Finally, we get someone to demystify these terms for us and show us some real-world examples! Awesome! Mark your calendars for March 9th, 6:30pm!
The following is Mule's abstract of this presentation:
Using Mule to integrate Disparate IT in the Enterprise and Cloud
More and more companies are investing in SOA/ESB and integration projects. Now IT is being asked leverage virtualization and cloud computing as well to reduce costs while still providing guarantees that performance SLAs will be met. Since companies rarely throw away existing systems, most Java developers need to understand how to build applications around existing or legacy systems in a service-oriented way while also pulling in new cloud services and providing reliability, availability, and scalability.
Even though SOA and ESB terms have been around for some years now, there is still much confusion about what they really mean and how they apply to the problems we are trying to solve today. This session attempts to provide some clarity - through demonstration.
This session will be a practical guide for building an ESB architecture connecting in-house and hosted applications using Mule. Since there are plenty of moving parts, this will only be a minimal introduction to the ESB concept and Mule itself.
Rather than focusing on particular features of one specific project, this session offer attendees a holistic view of implementing an ESB solution using both Mule and other open source products, and will clarify how to approach the design of an ESB solution with some simple rules applicable to most SOA projects.
In this session you will learn:What you should consider when integrating cloud and in-house applications
How to use Mule and other technologies when attempting to build and ESB solution for their organization;
Simple rules for designing and implementing services;
How to use your existing Java development skills to build, or integrate with, an SOA/ESB.
The venue and the drinks for this event will be provided by Marakana (http://marakana.com/), where as the food will be sponsored by TEKsystems (http://www.teksystems.com/).
We'll also be giving away books and other interesting goodies from Sun (http://java.sun.com/) and O'Reilly (http://conferences.oreilly.com/toc/), as well as a copy of IntelliJ IDEA from JetBrains (http://www.jetbrains.com/).
Make sure you RSVP so that you can reserve your seat.
About Ken Yagen, Senior Director of Engineering
A seasoned engineering leader experienced in developing enterprise software products, Ken has served as founder and VP of Engineering for several startups. Prior to that, he was in a technical leadership role at BEA software on the AquaLogic SOA platform. He developed an industry-leading distributed entitlements solution that is still in use at leading financial institutions worldwide. Ken has also contributed to the development of several industry standards, including SAML and XACML.
At MuleSource, Ken leads up all aspects of engineering on the Mule ESB, MuleHQ and Galaxy SOA Governance products.
Ken holds a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.