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IBM WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliance Handbook Hardcover – Dec 24 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: IBM Press; 1 edition (Dec 24 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137148194
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137148196
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 5.1 x 24.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #599,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Bill Hines is a Consulting I/T Specialist with IBM’s Software Services for WebSphere organization in the Software Division, working as a mobile consultant out of Hershey, PA (Chocolatetown, USA). He has several years of DataPower experience in both customer engagements and developing and delivering internal DataPower training to the IBM consulting, engineering, support, QA, and technical sales teams. He also has WebSphere Application Server experience dating back to 1998 and across all versions from 2.x to 6.x in areas of specialty including installation, configuration, tuning, dynacache, security, troubleshooting, and design/architecture of enterprise J2EE applications using WebSphere family development tools. He is a co-author of the highly acclaimed IBM Press book IBM WebSphere: Deployment and Advanced Configuration as well as several articles published in WebSphere Technical Journal and developerWorks, and his background includes more than twenty years of information technology experience in many platforms and languages, as well as degrees from New York Institute of Technology and Tulsa Jr. College.


John Rasmussen is a Senior I/T Specialist with IBM Software Services for WebSphere organization, Software Division in Cambridge, MA. John was first introduced to DataPower devices in 2001 while working as an engineer with Fidelity Investments developing XML/XSLT/JAXP applications for Internet-enabled mobile devices. John has been with IBM/DataPower since that time, and has worked as a product development engineer (where he created and developed the original WebGUI Drag and Drop Policy Editor) and as a product specialist assisting many clients in the implementation of DataPower devices. John has an extensive career in software development, including work with McCormack & Dodge/D&B Software and as an independent consultant and independent developer of application software and security systems. John has a degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, with his sons Alex and Nick.


Jaime Ryan is a DataPower Specialist for the IBM WebSphere Software Group, currently in Technical Sales for the Western United States. He has worked with all aspects of customer-oriented Services, Sales, and Education for DataPower SOA Appliances at some of IBM’s largest and most strategic accounts. He has more than eight years of experience in the creation of high performance Web Services registry, routing, acceleration, BPM, and EAI products. Jaime’s background includes a strong focus on Service Oriented Architectures from multiple perspectives: software development, independent consulting, and technical documentation. He received Computer Science and Cognitive Science degrees from the University of California, San Diego, where he met his lovely wife, Danielle.


Simon Kapadia is the Security Lead for IBM Software Services for WebSphere (ISSW) in Europe. He works on designing and implementing large distributed computer systems for IBM customers. Simon holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and Drama and a Master’s in Computing Science. He has owned a computer since six years of age and has turned a lifelong hobby into a career. Prior to joining IBM, Simon developed software for digital exchanges at Bell Laboratories, managed networks and Web applications at an ISP, and supported and consulted on DCE, DFS, and Encina for Transarc Corporation. You can reach Simon at simon.kapadia@uk.ibm.com or via his public Web site at http://www.kapadia.pl.


Jim Brennan is an IBM I/T Specialist with IBM Software Services for WebSphere. He is a mobile consultant out of Hackettstown, NJ specializing in DataPower administration and configuration. Jim has assisted in developing and delivering internal DataPower education material to IBM consultants and engineers. Jim has also been an application developer working with several different programming languages and platforms ranging from COBOL to Java. Jim has been a J2EE developer for several years specializing in J2EE development for WebSphere Application Server. He also has several years of experience with WebSphere Application Server installation, configuration, troubleshooting, and administration. Jim has more than ten years of I/T experience with a certificate from the Chubb Institute of Technology and also attended Felician College in Lodi, NJ.

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From many years experiences dealing with IBM middlewar, I draw a conclusion that, IBM red books are good only as reference. In another word, they are only useful when you already know good enough about what you are reading. But handbook series is the one direct you from surface to the core. The knowledge of datapower appliance are well explained, screen shoot are clear to understand. I recommend it, in case you have strong background of mw and soa.
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This is an excellent book for anyone who wants to learn DataPower. It is easy to read and follow
and offers great details about the appliance. Would give it 5 star if the book has been updated
to the latest firmware version.
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This book (paperback) is just a DataPower Quick Tour and covers basic configuration. Essentially the first few chapters of the first edition of the book (hardcover).
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e794480) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e35ef6c) out of 5 stars Great book to get jump started with DataPower March 10 2009
By R. Slaski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book at Amazon to use as a reference for a DataPower implementation and to supplement basic DataPower training. It has been very helpful as a reference and has an easy-to-read style (for a technical book) that has made it possible to read it from cover to cover. The book provides numerous examples with screen snapshots. Interestingly, the examples typically are associated with a book purchase service :). Our project is using DataPower systems for web services security, service virtualization, routing, web service enabling MQ®, logging and complex XML transformation. These topics are covered extensively in the book. I strongly recommend this book if you are launching a DataPower project.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e370084) out of 5 stars Best DataPower Resource Available Feb. 3 2009
By W House - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Disclaimer - I work for IBM in DataPower Technical Sales and I know 3 of the 5 authors of this book.

That being said, this is an excellent, long-overdue treatise on DataPower. The "DataPower Bible" if you will.

My first exposure to DataPower was in March of 2007. The idea of pushing expensive software functions (xml/crypto) into hardware was an epiphany for me.

I decided to pursue this with vigor.

My initial excitement was tempered by the huge learning curve that awaited me. DataPower information was fragmented and the extensive capabilities of the device challenged me to learn many new things.

There was never a single, authoritative source for DataPower information and best practices.......until now!!!

I am now carrying these 900 pages in my backpack and insisting that my customers purchase this book.

When I have a customer question, I go to the Index or search the online version....this is my first reference for all questions DataPower.

Even after 2 years of on-the-job experience, I am still exclaiming "ah-hahs" when I research things in this book.

I highly recommend this book for anybody that works with DataPower on a regular basis.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e336438) out of 5 stars Be aware which volumes you're buying, 2nd edition split into multiple books. Dec 11 2014
By NewJerseyDan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The reviews here for the older volume are applicable to the suite of books this is now split into. This second edition book here is now only and intro and quick-setup guide enhancement, not the 900 page combined volume the reviews below state.

There's some valuable pieces in here in defining some of the services that IBM's RedBook documentation glances over that help the broader understanding of the appliances. If you're looking for the more technical deep dive sections, you'll need one of the other volumes.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e3364d4) out of 5 stars well done, excellent insight! Feb. 12 2009
By Michael C. Orciani - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm working on a long term Datapower integration project in a QA / business application testing capacity with one of the authors of this book. The authors have done a great job of describing the capabilities and efficiencies of Datapower appliances. It gives just the right depth of insight both from a technical and business case perspective- it provides a level of understanding as to allow those with high level knowledge of the technical architecture to leverage Datapower's flexibility. Well done!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e1f0f24) out of 5 stars Fantastic Resource For DataPower Users! April 24 2009
By Roy Wood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is absolutely the best guide to learning and using IBM's DataPower devices available. The technical documentation from IBM is good for a terse, technical reference to specific features of the devices, but those documents are definitely NOT tutorials or self-study courses. The DataPower Handbook, on the other hand, provides a gentle, comprehensive guide to learning to use DataPower effectively.

The book is divided into several sections which are geared toward different interested parties. There is a wealth of information in there for administrators, network architects, security architects, and, of course, firewall developers.

This is, hands-down, one of the best technical books I have ever owned. It is so good, in fact, that we went ahead and purchased three copies for use within the company.

Oh-- one additonal point: I'm not sure if it's mentioned in the book, but there is an online forum for DataPower users that is also an excellent resource. The forum is located here:


And one final gripe: I really wish that the original DataPower designers had chosen to call the XML processing pipelines something other than a "firewall." That name totally confuses everyone I talk to. Oh well....