The “hidden” IaaS Capability

Oracle is moving fast in the IaaS world.

I’ve been using the Oracle Cloud IaaS service for quite some time now.  I spin up various forms of OEL or Ubuntu and deploy applications on top.

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But did you know there are many ways to spin up common platforms on top of IaaS with no installation required?  Bitnami is one option, but there is a “hidden” menu item that few people know about and I want to share that with you now.

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OSB to API Platform

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As a follow-on to my previous blog entry “ICS to API Platform,” I wanted to also show how a similar thing could be done for Oracle Service Bus (OSB).

The 12c release of OSB added many new capabilities to support REST services and execute REST services.  It also has automatic conversions between JSON and XML payloads making it very easy to expose existing webservices to REST/JSON based services.  It is also easy to consume REST/JSON services and use them just as if they were webservices.

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ICS to API Platform

I’ve been using the API Platform and Integration Cloud Service (ICS) for some time now.  Independently, they are powerful products but together they are even better.

Initially, most ICS use cases were SaaS to SaaS or an extension to an existing SaaS.  But more and more I’m seeing people use ICS in place of a standard service bus to do basic validation, enrichment, transformation and routing.

But how do you expose these ICS services using standard API methods?  Well, it isn’t too difficult to go into API Platform and define an API to point to the ICS service, but this could be quite tedious.

Luckily, all the Oracle products have an “API first” strategy, so it wasn’t too difficult to setup an ICS flow to automatically publish new services into the API Platform.

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