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Enterprise Service Bus: A Definition


Enterprise service bus (ESB) refers to the latest generation of the integration software market. Unfortunately, consistency is not a feature of this market. One can compare two products sporting the moniker "ESB" and find very little in common. In this Application Platform Strategies Technology & Standards document, Burton Group Vice President and Research Director Anne Thomas Manes discusses the features and capabilities typically found in an ESB and provides a framework for comparing and assessing products.

Published: 05 October 2007

ID: G00203425

Analyst(s): Anne Thomas

Table Of Contents



  • What Is an ESB?
    • Disparate Definitions
    • Related Product Categories
    • So What Is an ESB?
  • ESB as the Next Generation Application Platform
  • Evaluating ESBs
    • Architecture
    • Features
    • Standards Support
    • Playing Well with Others
    • Existing Deployments
    • Licensing Terms
  • Recommendations
    • Recognize the Value and Limitations of an ESB
    • Don't Waste Time Trying to Pick One “Universal” ESB
    • Consider Upgrading Older Systems to ESB Equivalents
    • Beware of ESB Vendor Lock-In Strategies

The Details

  • ESB Definition
    • Latest Generation of EAI
    • ESB Product Features
  • Positioning ESB Within a SOA Infrastructure
  • Standards That Apply to ESBs
    • HTTP and REST
    • Java Message Service
    • Web Services Framework
    • Business Process Execution Language
    • Service Component Architecture
    • Java Business Integration



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