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JBoss Fuse/A-MQ - Easy way to achieve fault tolerant messaging Part 1

Following some of the questions I got from the people during the enablement in APAC, one of the question I get is how to do achieve fault tolerant, I believe there are already many works done out there that talks very technical and search deeply in this area.

But as always, I am going to show few simple steps to achieving fault tolerant messaging with A-MQ.

The simplest way to make your messaging system fault tolerant is to make your broker into Master/Slave group. Therefore when one broker goes down a backup server will takeover.

So we can now ensure our broker will always be up and running, Fuse does a beautiful job of detecting and switching.

There are 2 ways to spin up an the broker, one with the beautiful management GUI with Fuse, or the old hardcore command line.

Please make sure you have installed Fuse and boot up the Fabric before you begin.
Logon to JBoss Fuse management Console, under Runtime -> MQ-> +Broker

Add group, broker name and choose MasterSlave kind, then click on create broker, after that, you broker diagram should appear in the list, click on the red triangle in the middle.

Create the container by giving a name to it.

And you will see 2 containers with one actively listens to the client and one standby container.

Now, because the way we spin up our message broker, an port will automatically assigned to each connector to the port, to avoid conflict, it is going to assign ports that is not in use. But for the clients to connect to the broker, you probably want your program to detect the ports of the broker automatically. With A-MQ it has a convenient and easy way of detecting with Zoo Keeper registry. I will be showing it through a camel route.

The configuration is really easy, instead of setting your messaging address to a specific address and port like below:

  <bean id="jmsConnectionFactory" class="org.apache.activemq.ActiveMQConnectionFactory">
      <property name="brokerURL" value="tcp://localhost:61616"/>
      <property name="userName" value="admin"/>
      <property name="password" value="admin"/>

or using the failover that must point out the address before hand (static), where the client must know where every single one of

  <bean id="jmsConnectionFactory" class="org.apache.activemq.ActiveMQConnectionFactory">
      <property name="brokerURL" value="failover:(tcp://localhost:61616,tcp://localhost:61617)"/>
      <property name="userName" value="admin"/>
      <property name="password" value="admin"/>

But, we can always use the fabric discovery protocol to find out all the broker registry. the only configuration that will need is to add the discovery configurations to the broker URL.

  <bean id="jmsConnectionFactory" class="org.apache.activemq.ActiveMQConnectionFactory">
      <property name="brokerURL" value="discovery:(fabric://blogdemo)"/>
      <property name="userName" value="admin"/>
      <property name="password" value="admin"/>

As for library dependency, there are a few artifacts you will need to add to your project other then messaging libraries, are fabric related artifacts like, fabric-groups, fabric-zookeeper and the osgi ones.  So to do that, make sure you add the following dependency into your pom.xml


And another important configuration, because we are going to take advantage of the Zoo Keeper registry, so we must tell the application where to lookup the registry and add the zoo keeper password to the pom.xml making sure we were authorized to lookup into the registry, not just some random application happens to float around.

    <!-...... -->

And the rest is just the same for a normal messaging application.

In my demo, I had 2 route,

1st route will send a message to the broker every 5 mins,

2nd route read and then log the message

When starting the demo, you can see the messages are starting to send into the active broker,

Once we turn off the container, the standby container will takeover,

and the client application will automatically switch to the new active broker.

Next part of the topic, I will do a live video, and publish the code on github. (Part 2)


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