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Remote Agent Sender/Receiver & Requester/Server Channel Deployment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000050026D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Feb-09
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 118K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Remote Agent technology is deployed with the use of MQ intercommunication across the Internet. This invention configures said MQ intercommunication in such a way, not previously documented or implemented before, allowing conformity to rigorous network security requirements in the EAI space.

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Remote Agent Sender/Receiver & Requester/Server Channel Deployment

     IBM WebSphere InterChange Server implements a hub-and-spoke feature called Remote Agent technology, in which a hub site has a complete InterChange Server system, but the spoke sites need install only an Adapter agent. Remote Agent is a bolt-on technology to WebSphere InterChange Server, used for exchanging business data through MQ intercommunication across the Internet, typically deployed where data exchanges need to go across the Internet and traverse a firewall.

The underlying WebSphere MQ technology, which allows Remote Agent to function properly over the Internet, configured per Remote Agent's officially released implementation documentation, does not comply with stringent security related requirements of certain industries and/or customers. These stringent security requirements include, but are not limited to:

No data can be pushed into the remote site from the hub site

Data entering the remote site is a direct result of a request or pull from that remote site The remote site is in control of what comes into their network

No special rules need to be put in place on the remote site's firewall

For a more in depth discussion of Remote Agent, please reference IBM WebSphere Interchange Server System Installation Guide for Windows and/or Unix. Furthermore, IBM's WebSphere MQ Intercommunication guide can be referenced for further details surrounding MQ Channel configuration.

     As mentioned earlier, Remote Agent technology is deployed with the use of MQ intercommunication across the Internet. This invention configures said MQ intercommunication in such a way, not previously documented or implemented before, allowing conformity to rigorous network security requirements in the EAI space. The ability of having a Remote Agent deployment with no data being pushed into the remote site from a hub, any and all data entering the remote site being a direct result of a request from the remote site, the remote site being in control of data entering their network, and not instantiating any special rules on the remote site's firewall, makes this invention advantageous and essential to a customer desiring disparate application integration, without sacrificing security concerns.

     Since Remote Agent is the nomenclature for a remotely deployed Adapter, it will be beneficial to briefly discuss an Adapter, first by defining it, and then by providing a concise architecture discussion, with the goal of simplifying the explanation of how this invention works. IBM defines an Adapter as: The component in the WebSphere business integration system that provides components to support communication between an inte...