WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliances

IBM DataPower SOA Appliances are network devices that can help secure and accelerate your XML and Web services deployments.

The Map Designer provides the features to build and test maps that you can run on, and deploy to IBM DataPower SOA Appliances.

See DataPower appliance to read about the benefits of using a DataPower appliance.

How the Map Designer works with DataPower appliances

Using the Map Designer, you can create maps that ultimately serve as executable programs designed to transform and route data. From the Map Designer, you test the maps on, and deploy them to the DataPower appliance, the appliance runs the executable maps, and then returns the results back to the Map Designer.

Getting started with DataPower appliances

To get started using the Map Designer with the WebSphere DataPower runtime option, use the following high-level task list in a preproduction phase.
  • Configure your project to create DataPower maps by default, and enable the functions that are supported for IBM DataPower SOA Appliances.
  • Configure the Map Designer for a WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliance.
  • Define the structure of your data using the Type Designer and use the resulting type trees to create your DataPower maps.
  • Build the DataPower maps with the map run time set to WebSphere DataPower.
  • Test the DataPower maps in the Map Designer.
  • Deploy the DataPower maps to be processed to a WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliance.

    When your maps are ready for production, after you deployed the maps to a WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliance, there are additional tasks to complete using the DataPower appliance user interface. For information about running maps in a production environment, see the IBM WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliances: Integrating with Transformation Extender documentation that is published on the IBM WebSphere DataPower Support website (http://www.ibm.com/software/integration/datapower/support).