Architecture & Design

Architecture and Design Overview

maximising the return on your middleware investment

The bedrock of an agile, scalable and high-performance Java middleware infrastructure is the architectural design that underpins it. Whether services and applications are destined for the cloud, to remain on premise, or to be at the core of a hybrid strategy, our middleware consultants understand the challenges facing businesses in an evolving technology landscape.

Because our middleware services team have extensive real-world experience of architecting complex middleware systems across a portfolio of both commercial and unsupported open source Java products that includes JBoss Middleware, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Tomcat, GlassFish and WildFly, we’re able to offer clients highly specialist and vendor-independent services directly aligned with their business objectives.

It’s not only our technical expertise that is valued so highly by our clients, but our understanding of their strategic needs. Regardless of whether we’re designing new middleware architecture or rectifying problems with existing application server infrastructure, we approach each engagement with a holistic view of the overall business objectives - and what returns our clients want to achieve from their middleware investment.

If your organisation is considering a review of their technology blueprint, have identified risk or performance issues in their middleware architecture, or require a credible middleware proof of concept on which to build a business case, then speak with us today and let our team help you deliver the middleware architecture you need.

Middleware Methodology

Regardless of whether our clients have a development framework influenced by Agile, Scrum, RUP or a mixture of all three, our approach is to integrate fully into the client’s operational environment and work in partnership with the in-house development team through discovery sessions, technical and stakeholder workshops, informal white boarding, training, coaching, and documentation delivery.

Our methodology is comprehensive; we employ a framework with clear reference points and processes designed to optimise service performance within middleware environments that can be easily monitored and managed. Whether working on service oriented architecture projects, private or public cloud migrations, middleware messaging and service bus integrations, or application server implementation, we deliver agile and scalable systems built to handle immediate and future operational requirements – and always with a clear focus on project timeframes and budgets.

ARCHITECTURAL ENGAGEMENT OUTCOMES

Our middleware architecture services are tailored to the specific needs of each individual client, and the solutions we deliver are designed to meet highly specific service level agreements.

Through discovery sessions with technology leads and company stakeholders, we gain a comprehensive understanding of the business and operational objectives which underpin the project.

We then evaluate the core, component, and associated middleware technologies in the project landscape, providing independent consultancy on middleware product selection, and offering licensing and subscription advice for enterprise products from Red Hat and Oracle – as well as cloud hosting packages from Amazon Web Services.

In-house middleware skills are also assessed in order to identify what knowledge transfer is required, and how best to deliver training within the team environment. We also work with our clients to establish a best practice culture in-line with successful middleware design and implementation strategies.

At the heart of our middleware services is a holistic approach to auditing systems – checking for known issues and architectural pitfalls, identifying architectural goals and constraints, understanding styles and patterns, and taking broad views of functional, technical, use case and deployment environments.

We use this comprehensive analysis to guide the project, building highly scalable architecture in line with agreed delivery times, meeting objectives and ensuring that clients get the maximum return on their middleware investment.

  • Scalability
  • Future-proofing
  • Risk mitigation strategies
  • Performance optimisation
  • Independent consultancy
  • Training and coaching
  • Automation methodologies
  • Consistency and standardisation
As a result of having c2b2 middleware support in place, and expert consultants available on call, CNS has seen an increase in our availability, and an improvement in the stability of CNS service products. We’re now able to provide the service that is expected by our customers by utilising a reliable and secure middleware environment.
Ian Troise, Systems Manager at CNS