Using the ICS Connectivity Agent with an On-Premises Database by Robert van Mölken

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In this third article about the Connectivity Agent we deep-dive into the details. We learn how to use the ICS Connectivity Agent in combination with an on-premises database. For more information about the architecture and installation of the agent I recommend to read these two articles first. This article continuous where the previous article about the installation ended.

Taking the Agent for a test drive

Now that the Connectivity Agent is installed, registered and running we can use the Agent to create connections to our on-premises applications and create integration on top of these applications.

Preparing the connection to the on-premises database

Now that we know the Agent is running we can make a connection to the on-premises database. For this example I use the HR sample schema that is part of my database installation. Navigate to the connections page of ICS and click on the “Create new Connection” button. My instance is running the latest 16.1.3 version. The “Create Connection” dialog now at lot nicer and user friendlier.

Select the Database adapter to create a connection your database instance. the connection is named OnPremisesHRDB which creates the associated identifier ONPREMISESHRDB. Read the complete article here.

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Preparing & installing the ICS on-premises Connectivity Agent by Robert van Molken

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In this second article about the Connectivity Agent we deep-dive into the details. We take a look in preparing and installing the agent. This is done in combination with Integration Cloud Service. For more information about the architecture and inner workings of the agent I recommend to read this article first.

What is the Connectivity Agent?

Basically it is a gateway between cloud and on-premises. The Agent eliminates common security and complexity issues previously associated with integrating on-premises applications from outside the firewall. With the agent it is possible for example to connect with an on-premises database or ERP application using the existing JCA adapter framework.

Downloading the Connectivity Agent

There are a few steps in installing the agent. First the installer can only be downloaded from your Integration Cloud Service instance. Secondly the installer can only be run on a linux environment. Thirdly some settings can be tuned / changed after installation.

Downloading the Agent

The agent first need to be downloaded from Integration Cloud Service. Login into your ICS instance and navigate to the Agents page.


At the top-right corner the user can find the “Download Agent installer” button. When clicking on the button it will show two options; the connectivity and execution agent. This article describes the first option. The second agent is evenly interesting, because it will install an instance of Integration Cloud Service on-premises. More details on this agent at a later time. Read the complete article here.

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Integration Cloud Service (ICS) On-Premise Agent Installation by Greg Mally

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The Oracle On-Premises Agent (aka, Connectivity Agent) is necessary for Oracle ICS to communicate to on-premise resources without the need for firewall configurations or VPN. Additional details about the Agent can be found under New Agent Simplifies Cloud to On-premises Integration. The purpose of this A-Team blog is to give a consolidated and simplified flow of what is needed to install the agent and provide a foundation for other blogs (e.g., E-Business Suite Integration with Integration Cloud Service and DB Adapter). For the detailed online documentation for the On-Premises Agent, see Managing Agent Groups and the On-Premises Agent.

On-Premises Agent Installation

The high-level steps for getting the On-Premises Agent installed on your production POD consist of two activities: 1. Create an Agent Group in the ICS console, and 2. Run the On-Premises Agent installer. Step 2 will be done on an on-premise Linux machine and the end result will be a lightweight WebLogic server instance that will be running on port 7001.

Create an Agent Group Read the complete article here.

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New Agent Simplifies Cloud to On-premises Integration by Bruce Tierney

 

clip_image002Oracle Integration Cloud Service has generated a lot of enthusiasm since the June 2015 Oracle PaaS launch by Larry Ellison.  A major reason for this enthusiasm was the introduction of simplicity to cloud integration…historically a complex process only possible by integration specialists.  We are very pleased to introduce to Integration Cloud Service this same level of simplicity to the integration of on-premises applications allowing for faster and easier integration of existing on-premises applications with cloud SaaS applications.  

As shown in the image to the right, the new Agent feature within Oracle Integration Cloud Service eliminates common security and complexity issues previously associated with integrating on-premises applications from outside the firewall.   For example, there is no need to open an inbound port to communicate with on-premise systems and no need to expose any private SOA-based Web services.  Access the new Agent from the menu shown in the image below and let the agent simply and securely handle the communication. 

Furthermore, new adapters have been added to Integration Cloud Service to simplify the integration to on-premises applications.  These adapters are for Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Siebel Customer Relationship Management, SAP, Oracle Database, and the SOAP technology adapter.  The SOAP adapter can be used to connect to any Web service enabled application, including services exposed on Oracle SOA Suite or other on-premises integration platforms.clip_image006

Prior to creating the Agent or Agents, create your "Connections" to your applications.   Simply select and configure from a wide range of Oracle Applications such as Oracle CPQ Cloud, Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, HCM Cloud to name a few, 3rd party applications such as Salesforce.com, NetSuite and now with this release to on-premises applications.  See the image below to see some of the adapter choices: Read the complete article here.

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Agent for simplifying Integration between Cloud and On-Premises apps by Robert van Molken

 

clip_image001In the last few months I mentioned that Oracle is developing an Agent. The Agent easily integrates your on-premises application(s) with the Oracle Cloud Services. The Agent is rolling out on all production instances next week. It was publicly announced by Bruce Tierney on the 3rd of January. He is the Director of Product Marketing for Cloud Integration and SOA. You can read his announcement on the Oracle Integration blog.

In this first article about the Agent I will go into the architectural basics,  which components are included and how it will connect Cloud to On-premises applications. The article is based on information I presented about during OpenWorld 2015.

Current / classic integration approach

The current approach for connecting Cloud / Internet hosted applications with On-premises applications is usually through one or more firewalls, and the use of a reverse proxy, Oracle API Gateway or OHS. For this a variety of expertise is needed for example to open up inbound ports in the firewall, expose a private SOAP/REST service and configure the network routing. The SOAP/REST service can for example be implemented with SOA Suite to for example communicate with the CRM to retrieve customer data.

Let look at the current / classic approach in the diagram below:

This is going to change a lot when using the Agent. It will simplify above diagram.

Common Cloud to On-Premises Integration Patterns

Currently there are three common patterns for Cloud to On-Premises integrations. They are 1. using messaging, 2. through a proxy and 3. using an agent. Read the complete article here.

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