Welcome to November 2021
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Table of Contents
- Popular FAQs
- Middleware Performance Benchmark
- XRay COVID-19 Data Lake
- Nastel's Webinars & TechTalks
- Keeping up with Nastel
- Nastel's Blog
We had 3 recent product deliveries on the Nastel platform.
Nastel AutoPilot Service update 32
Nastel Navigator 10.3
Nastel XRay 1.4
In addition to the new features and benefits (see below), one thing these share in common is single sign-on (SSO) using SAML for our web applications. If you are interested in using this feature, please contact your technical account manager to work out a deployment plan. There are many security providers, and we can work with you to determine the details that are required for your specific configuration.
With the continued integration among all of the products in the Nastel platform, we have identified that our current release numbering system can be confusing. In upcoming releases, we will standardize our approach, using a common version numbering system across the components.
One of the updates to Navigator 10.3 offers more versatile dashboard management and usage. You can now have multiple dashboard configurations (user views) and switch between them. This allows you to have many dashboards and easily access them with minimal navigation. As part of this, a dashboard manager application is provided, which allows you to review your current dashboards, export and import them, and even tag them so that you and others can find them more quickly in the future.
The same flexibility has been extended to attributes and message filters, further simplifying Navigator and extending its flexibility.
The number of customers using Navigator in their CI/CD automated pipelines continues to increase. We also continue to enhance the REST endpoint with new functionality. If you have not tried it out yet, see the FAQ below to learn how you can exercise it directly using our demo system.
Perhaps it’s a small thing, but you can now select a flat color scheme as an alternative to the gradient option that has been available if that is your preference.
With Nastel XRay 1.4, we have introduced a new query element called a view (much like a view in database systems). The key element of a view is that it runs independently to run the query and stores the data (Oracle calls this a materialized view). A typical use case for this is a query that takes a long time to process. Rather than having to wait for the result, the GUI gets it from the latest view execution and displays it instantly.
JKQL scripting has been added so that complex JKQL can be scheduled to run. While typically used internally, such as for machine learning, the capabilities can be extended to other tasks that are run frequently.
In terms of machine learning, we have continued to simplify the process and can automatically create dashboards with targeted viewlets associated with a given model.
Emails from Nastel support
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2. Popular FAQs & Articles
Using the REST API using the Nastel Navigator demo system
If you want to try out the Nastel Navigator REST API without installing it, you can exercise it on the Nastel Navigator demo system.
3. Middleware Performance Benchmark
What’s the best performing messaging platform for your application and workload?
This is a question that can take immense effort to analyze and answer.
Whether you are building a new app, upgrading existing, or moving workloads to the cloud, this report will help you make the right decision.
We have done extensive performance testing under varying workloads and configurations to compare messaging middleware platforms.
This report compares the performance of these commonly used messaging middleware platforms:
- IBM MQ
- Apache Kafka
- ActiveMQ Classic
- ActiveMQ Artemis
The report also includes methodology, environment, the performance of tests, the results, and the conclusions.
4. XRay COVID-19 Data Lake
Nastel has pulled together multiple COVID-19 datasets from CDC, Johns Hopkins University, and several others into a single interactive data lake on which you can do the following:
- Run your own queries & computations
- Create analytics & web dashboards
- Share your charts & graphs in web apps
The data lake is updated daily with the latest COVID-19 stats from around the world. View the dashboard live, no registration required!
5. Nastel's Webinars & TechTalks
Click HERE to see our library of other on-demand sessions.
6. Keeping up with Nastel
On Thursday, November 11, 2021, we announced the release of Navigator 10.3 and on Friday, November 12, 2021, we announced the release of XRay 1.4. Here are the press releases for each which illustrate the company’s new message around “integration” and the value to the business of better managing and extracting intelligence from messages and the entire integration layer of the IT stack:
Infrastructure Integration Management (i2M) Drives Gains for Complex Enterprises: Nastel Navigator v10.3 Enables Speed-to-market, Competitive Advantages Across IBM MQ, IBM Integration Bus, IBM ACE, Kafka, TIBCO EMS, and i2 Estates.
Nastel Releases i2-aware AIOps, Analytics & Tracking Platform for Complex Enterprises: XRay 1.4 Solution Plugs Data and Analytics Gaps for Enterprises to Enable Insights from the Integration Infrastructure (i2) Layer, IoT, and Containers.
We want to ensure you and your colleagues can easily find all our recent press releases and other news, so here is the Nastel News archive for your convenience.
Click HERE to read Nastel news.
7. Nastel's Blog
Nastel’s blog is one way we are working to raise the profile of teams that work on IBM MQ, messaging middleware, and the entire Integration Infrastructure Management (i2M) layer of the IT stack. Read and share these recent blogs to help spread the word:
- Enterprises Just Got an Integration Infrastructure Management (i2M) Upgrade, Intelligence from Their Integration
- Integration Infrastructure Management
- Performance Innovations Powered by Message Data in Your Integration Infrastructure (i2) Are Here to Stay
- Integration Infrastructure Management is the New Black
- IBM MQ 9.2.3 Streaming Queues: Your Integration Infrastructure (i2) Data Win
- DevOps’ Problem with Speed-to-Market Explained: IBM MQ, Multi-Middleware Role in Deploying New Applications & Updates
Click HERE to read Nastel's blog.