This is my first of many integration flows in Websphere Cast Iron. See the steps below to create a Cast Iron Integration Flow.
Step 1; Open Cast Iron Studio and create a new project (My project was called Project 1)
Step 2: An orchestration will be created for you automatically which you can rename. The following step is to create an endpoint, in this instance we will create an HTTP endpoint that listens on port 80.
Step 3: Below is all the setting for the HTTP Endpoint that you can set:
Step 4: Drag the following 2 activities into your editor: Receive Request and Post Request and connect your HTTP endpoint. It must look like the following:
Step 5: Click on the Send Response Activity and click on Map Inputs, then right click on the Body field and select ‘Define Default Value’. Enter in ‘Hello World!’ or any other default value.
Step 6: Validate the project by clicking on the Validate Project button in the IDE, the following message is expected.
Step 7: Publish the flow to my virtual appliance by specifying the IP address of my Web Interface by clicking on Publish Project and completing the relevant information.
Step 8: Verify that the project has been published successfully.
Step 9: Log into your Virtual Appliance to see the project (Project1) being published. See project in Red Box.
Step 10: Start the Project by clicking on the green play button.
Step 11: Open Cast Iron HTTP Post Utility and the Data IP address followed by the URI that was specified in the Receive Request activity and click Submit.
Last Step: Enjoy the success of your first Cast Iron flow.
Cast Iron must be one of the easiest and most user friendly integration tools that I have used. This whole exercise was done in less than 5 min…just show that their motto “Integration in days” is definitely true.
So where does Cast Iron fit into the IBM Websphere stack?Cast Iron primary used for Cloud to on-premise integration. Where you can create a message flow diagram using the Cast Iron Studio and deploy that flow to the following environments:
1. Cast Iron Appliance (which is now the Datapower XH35 Cast Iron V5.1)
2. The virtual Cast Iron appliance which can be installed in VMWare.
3. Amazon EC2
So how can you integrate Cast Iron with current IBM ESB’s:
1. Datapower XI50
2. Websphere Message Broker
3. WESB (Websphere ESB)
The simple answer is:
1. Websphere MQ
2. Web Services
Cast Iron integrates natively to Websphere MQ and any Web Services call can be made. This is a great addition to the IBM Stack and will be a great solution for customers that want to do any cloud integration.
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