I installed Confluent Core 3.0 for Windows on Windows XP Pro running on a Pentium III machine with 256MB of memory. I used Sun’s Java JDK 1.3; version 1.4 of the JDK is not yet supported. The “typical” installation includes Core Manager, Core Monitor, Core Analyzer, a gateway, and a default agent. Confluent Core can run on either BEA WebLogic or Tomcat, and it will use Oracle, SQL Server, or MySQL as its database. Tomcat and MySQL are included with Core 3.0, so I used these servers in my test.
After starting Core, I configured it to be the broker for four different Web services, one with a fail-over URL. Two of these services I installed using their WSDL file, and the other two I selected from a UDDI directory. Using SOAP::Lite clients, I was able to exercise the broker services, explore policy management, including authentication, and test the operational monitoring and alarms. In my test configuration, the management console and the service gateway were operating on the same machine, but that needn’t be the case.
Core comes with an installation manual and a comprehensive user’s guide, both of which were helpful in getting the system set up and working. The user’s guide explains each of the system's components in detail and discusses the various options for deploying them.