Understanding Oracle's Integration Cloud and how to get the most out of your implementation

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Integration Cloud Service, SOA Cloud Service or Integration Cloud, are you confused?

Oracle have announced Oracle Integration Cloud, the next evolution in their cloud integration capabilities. So how does it relate to the existing Cloud based integration products and what is the future of different products?

Oracle integration cloud service (ICS) best practises learned from the field (OOW17)

Here is the slide deck from the presentation that the book authors delivered at Oracle OpenWorld 2017. It covers a number of recommendations, practises and tips…

Using REPL to Simplify ICS Mgmt Tasks – Definitive Tip 10

The REPL tool was built against ICS running on OCI Classic. As this is no longer available the tool has been withdrawn

Oracle A Team

Earlier in 2017, the Oracle A-Team released a Python library that abstracts the ICS REST API to make some management tasks that you may wish to perform easier. For example, identifying a set of integrations and activating or deactivating them, or simply importing and exporting them. In this Definitive Tip, we will look at the REPL tool and its benefits. The REPL tool can be downloaded here.

Getting setup on Windows at least is a little fiddly as you need to install Python and then depending upon your version of Python update the installer and retrieve a number of additional libraries. REPL itself is available here.

Come hear us talk at Oracle Open World 2017

The authors of this book will be speaking at Oracle Open World 2017.  Come hear us, and if you have a copy of the book, we’ll be happy to sign it for you.

 

Open World 2017 – ICS Sessions

As we like all things ICS here. We have teased out of the OOW17 Session Catalogue the ICS sessions for you to consider.

2 Minute Tech Tip

We have released a 2 minute tech tip through the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) which talks through the creation of a simple end to end integration using Oracle’s Integration Cloud Service (ICS).

 

ICS Pricing – ICS Definitive Tip #9

Cloud Costs

ICS pricing is based on two aspects – the number of connections and the number of messages processed.  But what constitutes a connection?  What happens if I exceed the number of messages or connections?

Custom functions to extend ICS transformations – ICS Definitive Guide #4

In the second release of 2017 (17.2.5) ICS will introduce the capability of importing and using custom functions. These functions are created using JavaScript and can be used in transformations, expressions and as a action in Orchestrations. In this definitive guide we will go through all ins and outs of this new capability. 

Custom functions – a new pillar of ICS

In our book we talked about the pillars of ICS; Connections, Integrations, Lookups, Agents, Adapters and Packages. This release introduced Libraries. A library is a set of Javascript functions. Keep in mind that the JavaScript functions are running server-side so some browser/client-side capabilities/APIs are not available. Functions can’t be created within ICS, but can be uploaded as part of a library in both JS and JAR file (collection of JS files) formats.

Connecting directly to DBaaS – ICS Definitive Tip #7

DBaaSEnriching an integration from data in a database or DBaaS (Database as a Service) is not an unusual requirement. Many integration use cases today need to access a database that is on-premises. The means to connect to the database is fairly obvious – the connection agent. Our book goes into a lot more detail as to why that is, and the implications of using database connections.

However when it comes to Oracle’s DBaaS a service it would be very easy to assume that given that you’re using two different parts of Oracle’s PaaS that it would be straight forward to connect the two together without an agent. However, at least today whether its on-premises or DBaaS you need to use a connection agent. This does mean that you’ll need an IaaS node to host the connection agent.

This quirk is driven by the fact that there are some scenarios that this does actually make sense. For example – the Oracle domains need to have a high level of isolation, so when the DBaaS is in another domain then the decoupling via the agent makes sense. When your database is in a different zone of the cloud – then you’re running DB calls across what is effectively a wide are network – not good.

Differentiating the ICS Agent Types – Definitive Tip #5

In our book we talked about the difference between the agents offered by ICS, namely the Connection  and Execution agents. Whilst we differentiated the two, we did focus on the connection agent as this is the type we expect to see used in most cases. However the execution agent still suffers from a level of confusion, and it has been helped by being called  ‘ICS on-premises’.

As part of a number of recent conversations the questions and confusion of what the execution agent is and how it works has come up. There is the well known saying ‘a picture is as good as a 1000 words’ which prompted us to develop the diagram below as a power point slide – in its power point form much of the detail is used as an animated build up.

ICS Agent Comparison

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