Easily connect to trading partners using industry standards - IBM Websphere

You can easily connect to your trading partners using the industry standards.

IBM WebSphere DataPower B2B Appliance XB60

IBM WebSphere DataPower B2B Appliance XB60 simplifies, helps secure, and accelerates your B2B trading partner connectivity.

The XB60 is a purpose-built B2B Gateway for simplified deployment and hardened security. This 1U (1.75 inch thick) rack-mountable network device is powered by unique technology to help your business:

  • Easily manage and connect to trading partners using industry standards
  • Extend integration beyond the enterprise with a securely deployed B2B Gateway in the DMZ
  • Improve the performance and scalability of B2B interfaces
  • Govern B2B integration points through consolidated trading partner management

The XB60 builds on top of the DataPower Application Integration appliance by adding trading partner profile management, B2B transaction viewing capabilities, and industry standards-based B2B messaging protocols to the already robust integration capabilities of the core appliance. hese three key capabilities are at the heart of the B2B Appliance.They are designed in such a way that the B2B Appliance is positioned extremely well to handle simple partner connections with data passing through directly to end applications forfurther processing. If more complex data flows are required, the application integration capabilities to the XB60 can be used to perform data validation, transformation, rules-based
enforcement, and content-based routing.

The B2B Gateway Service is a configuration object that is responsible for processing and routing B2B data. Partner profiles are configuration objects that are capable of supporting multiple destinations; the profiles are associated with any number of B2B Gateway Services. The B2B Viewer is used to view all transactions that pass through a B2B Gateway Service.The components that make up the B2B Gateway Object in the XB60 are depicted.

XB60 B2B components

XB60 B2B components

Tip: The XB60 AS2 Trading Tutorial, which is designed for the beginner, isprovided in
Appendix A, “Additional material” on page 389. It will walk you through the configuration of four partner profiles and two gateways that will then be used in five testing scenarios where you get a chance to also use the B2B Transaction Viewer to see the status of your B2B transactions.

How Data flows through the B2B Gateway Service

The B2B Gateway Service was designed to route B2B data inbound and outbound over industry standard B2B protocols.It uses sender and receiver IDs inside the messages to route documents based on trading partner agreements.Each trading partner agreement is configured by setting attributes within a profile. Profiles are configured and stored using the XB60 B2B Partner Profile interface. The Partner profile holds a list of IDs used by the partner, x509 Certificates/keys associated with the partner, destinations for routing data, and basic contact information.

The B2B Appliance stores metadata in an embedded database, and all documents are stored in a directory (By default, the encrypted portion of the local RAID 1 volume is used; however, an external directory can also be used.). This information is persisted to provide state management, automatic and manual resends, and the ability to view B2B transactions in the B2B Transaction Viewer.The diagrams in this section depict how data flows through the B2B Gateway Service.

Inbound AS2 data flow with MDN processing
Incoming documents that are wrapped in an AS2 envelope flow with Message Disposition Notification (MDN) through the B2B Gateway Service as depicted.

Inbound AS2 data flow

Inbound AS2 data flow

Outbound AS2 data flow with MDN processing
Outgoing documents that are wrapped in an AS2 envelope flow through the B2B Gateway Service as depicted.

AS2 outbound data flow

AS2 outbound data flowAS2 outbound data flow

Inbound AS3 data flow with MDN processing
Incoming documents that are wrapped in an AS3 envelope flow through the B2B Gateway
Service as depicted.

Inbound AS3 data flow

Inbound AS3 data flow

Outbound AS3 data flow with MDN processing
Outgoing documents that are wrapped in an AS3 envelope flow through the B2B Gateway Service as depicted.

Outbound AS3 data flow

Outbound AS3 data flowOutbound AS3 data flowOutbound AS3 data flow


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