Friday, January 24, 2014

Why you should attend WSO2Con Asia 2014

WSO2Con Asia 2014, a must attend conference for anyone interested in WSO2 products, is just around the corner.

The WSO2Con Asia 2014 is scheduled from March 24 to March 26 with two conference days and one pre-conference tutorial day. Have a look at WSO2Con Asia 2014 Agenda for all interesting talks and tutorials WSO2 has to offer.

The conference will be held at Waters Edge, a popular venue in Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte, Sri Lanka.

Here are few reasons I can think of as to why you should attend the WSO2Con.

  • WSO2 is the only company to have a complete set of open source middleware products built from scratch and WSO2Con is a good opportunity for you to learn how we make world-class products.
  • Pre-conference tutorials will help you to get an understanding of how our stuff works. So, don't worry if you do not have much idea about the WSO2 products.
  • See what WSO2 has to offer with WSO2 Mobile subsidiary.
  • Meet the experts.
  • Networking opportunities.
  • Discover how WSO2 software can impact your daily life.
  • Be inspired. I'm sure you will be able to find many reasons (just as I did from previous conferences)
  • Our long term target is to be the #1 middleware company in the world. This conference is a milestone in that long journey. So, be part of the history! :)

There is a 25% discount for early registrations. Make sure you grab the opportunity while it lasts.

Have fun at the WSO2Con!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

What is WSO2 Private PaaS?

In this blog post, I'm going to briefly introduce the WSO2 Private PaaS, an upcoming product from WSO2.

WSO2 Private PaaS

Even though I'm writing about this now, the WSO2 Private PaaS term coined just few weeks after we donated WSO2 Stratos to Apache Foundation in June 2013.

Apache Stratos (incubating) and WSO2 Private PaaS

The WSO2 Private PaaS is built on top of the Apache Stratos (incubating) project, which is currently undergoing major architectural changes from the initial 3.0.0-incubating version.

Following are few major changes you can expect in the next Apache Stratos (incubating) release. i.e. 4.0.0-incubating version.

  • Using a message broker for communication among core Stratos components.
  • Auto scaling now analyze real time data from cartridges like in flight request count and load average. Currently this data is analyzed using WSO2 Complex Event Processor
  • Load Balancer is now a cartridge in Stratos
  • New Stratos Manager UI
  • Stratos Manager now has RESTful services
  • Improved CLI

Lakmal has written a great blog post on explaining all of these.

Why Private?

The main reason is that WSO2 Private PaaS will be distributed as a product and anyone will be able to set up an on-premise, enterprise ready PaaS.

So, what do you get in WSO2 Private PaaS?

In addition to core Stratos framework, the WSO2 Private PaaS will get all WSO2 products as cartridges.

This means that with all WSO2 middleware products as cartridges, the WSO2 Private PaaS will provide the most comprehensive PaaS for enterprises. This is also great considering all the advantages you can get from WSO2.

The WSO2 Private PaaS will also have improved billing and metering for enterprise requirements.

WSO2 will officially support following IaaS providers for WSO2 Private PaaS
  • Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
  • OpenStack
  • SUSE Cloud
  • VMware vCloud

Cartridge Architecture

All WSO2 product cartridges will be configured using Puppet, an automation software, which will help us to configure cartridges easily with the use of templates etc. 

The cartridge will contain the Java and an init script to the start the Puppet Agent. With the use of user-data feature provided by the IaaS, we will just pass the puppet master host and the product type to the cartridges. The Cartridge will then configure itself using Puppet.

There is a "Cartridge Agent" inside the cartridge to communication with other Stratos components.

I will write a more detailed blog post with examples once we have a stable release soon.

You can check WSO2 Private PaaS JIRA on the progress.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Installing Oracle JDK 7 (Java Development Kit) on Ubuntu

There are many posts on this topic if you search on Google. This post just explains the steps I use to install JDK 7 on my laptop.

Download the JDK from Oracle. The latest version as of now is Java SE 7u51.

I'm on 64-bit machine, therefore I downloaded jdk-7u51-linux-x64.tar.gz

It's easy to get the tar.gz package as we just have to extract the JDK.

I usually extract the JDK to /usr/lib/jvm directory.

sudo mkdir -p /usr/lib/jvm
cd /usr/lib/jvm/
sudo tar -xf ~/Software/jdk-7u51-linux-x64.tar.gz
sudo update-alternatives --install "/usr/bin/javac" "javac" "/usr/lib/jvm/jdk1.7.0_51/bin/javac" 1
sudo update-alternatives --install "/usr/bin/java" "java" "/usr/lib/jvm/jdk1.7.0_51/bin/java" 1
sudo update-alternatives --install "/usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/" "" "/usr/lib/jvm/jdk1.7.0_51/jre/lib/amd64/" 1
sudo update-alternatives --install "/usr/bin/javaws" "javaws" "/usr/lib/jvm/jdk1.7.0_51/bin/javaws" 1

After installing, we should configure each alternative

sudo update-alternatives --config javac
sudo update-alternatives --config java
sudo update-alternatives --config
sudo update-alternatives --config javaws

Now we can configure JAVA_HOME. We can edit ~/.bashrc and add following.
export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/jdk1.7.0_51/

That's it! :)


Please check Oracle Java Installation script for Ubuntu. All above steps are now automated via an installation script: