Gartner Research

The Enterprise Service Bus: Communication Backbone for SOA

Published: 03 May 2007

ID: G00143223

Analyst(s): W. Roy Schulte


Companies that deploy large-scale or long-living service-oriented architecture systems need an enterprise service bus, a communication subsystem that delivers messages and can mediate the interactions between service consumers and providers.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • The Core Service Bus Technology
  • ESB Products
    • 1. ESB Products
    • 2. SOA Platforms With Development and Presentation Features
    • 3. Full SOA Software Stacks
  • The ESB ("SOA Backplane") Pattern
  • Background
    • Origins of Commercial ESB Products
    • Custom-Built ESBs

©2021 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission. It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact. While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such. Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy. Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity. Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party. For further information, see Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.

Already have a Gartner Account?

Purchase this Document

To purchase this document, you will need to register or sign in above

Become a client

Learn how to access this content as a Gartner client.