Enterprise Integration: Choosing the Right ESB Solution

Nowadays, to use SOA-based architecture is the main option for enterprise application integration. There are quite a few handy open source candidates from Apache, MuleSoft and Talend, etc. Plus almost all major vendors’ ESB offerings, including IBM (Integration Bus), Oracle (OSB, SOA Suite), Software AG (webMethods), TIBCO (ActiveMatrix), Microsoft (BizTalk) and SAP (NetWeaver) etc.  Now the question is, among all of them, which one is the right one for your organization?

Before diving into following tools section, it’s worth to learn 65 enterprise integration patterns (EIP) to gain some knowledge about what and how in this area.

This article will mainly focus on open source solutions since they are more and more popular. Depends on the purpose and functionalities, ESB solutions can be classified into three categories:

  • Integration Framework
    • Fit for: application integration, connectivity, routing and transformation
    • Open Source Solution 1:
      • Apache Camel (DSL – Domain Specific Language)
      • Visual Designer: JBoss Fuse Tooling (to generate XML DSL)
      • Good for: most enterprise integration projects, especially applications integration
    • Open Source Solution 2:
  • Enterprise Service Bus
    • Fit for: enterprise integration, tooling, routing, monitoring and support
    • Open Source Solutions:
    • Proprietary Solutions:
      • Oracle ESB, IBM, Software AG, TIBCO, MS, SAP
  • Integration Suite
    • Fit for: BPM, rules engine, enterprise repository, registry, etc.
    • Open Source Solutions:
    • Proprietary Solutions:
      • Oracle SOA Suite, IBM, Software AG, TIBCO

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