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The Enterprise Service Bus

Enterprise Service Buses (ESBs) have made significant inroads with enterprises seeking to establish a service-oriented architecture (SOA). ESB technology enables the orchestration and management of Web services and other application components, and includes features for security, reliability, and message integrity. But what is next for ESBs? This FTPOnline Special Report looks at the current state of ESB technology, alternatives that are available for those who do not need an ESB, and what the future holds.

Special Report Sponsored by Progress Software. For a series of free Whitepaper's and Case Studies from Progress click here:
  • A New Service-oriented Architecture (SOA) Maturity Model
  • The Sonic ESB: An Architecture and Lifecycle Definition
  • Distributed Service-Oriented Architectures
  • High Availability Embedded Messaging for ISV's (New!)
  • Identifying Best-of-Breed Characteristics in ESBs (New!)
  • Raising EAI Standards (New!)

  • The Role of the ESB
    Adoption of ESBs is growing more quickly as enterprises internalize the services approach to apps and business processes, orchestrating reliable, high-performing Web services and code components.

    Service Orchestration and Windows Workflow Foundation
    Windows Workflow Foundation (WWF) provides a foundation for workflow apps, including those that utilize Web services.

    Trends in the Evolution of the ESB
    What's new with ESB? Dave Chappell, a leader in the technology, gives his vision of the state of ESB advances.

    Necessity Is the Mother of Invention
    In this chapter from his book, Enterprise Service Bus, Dave Chappell examines the evolution of integration technologies for business-to-business applications on the edge of the network.

    The In-Process Integration Alternative
    Take a look at the in-process integration approach—as an alternative to ESB technology—which can be deployed successfully to tackle specific Java-to-C++ interoperability challenges.

    Special Sponsored Section

    Discover how Progress Software's Sonic ESB is streamlining the SOA developer's productivity and what's next in SOA technologies.


    A New Service-oriented Architecture (SOA) Maturity Model
    The SOA Maturity Model outlined in this whitepaper offers guidance to managers who may be struggling to communicate the business value of their SOA vision. Included are organizational best practices, critical success factors, useful benchmarks for SOA adoption, and a reference of appropriate technologies for each maturity level.
    Click here to learn more.

    The Sonic ESB: An Architecture and Lifecycle Definition
    Given the importance of the enterprise service bus (ESB) to SOA implementations, it is important to understand the functions and structure of the ESB and how its design permits connection, mediation and orchestration of services and processes. This whitepaper provides a thorough Sonic ESB definition including complete UML diagrams. Click here to learn more.

    Distributed Service-Oriented Architectures
    Distributed service-oriented architectures allow system architects to create a distributed environment in which applications can interoperate seamlessly. This whitepaper discusses the advantages of building an SOA and identifies components for successful deployment and management of distributed processes, including Web services.
    Click here to learn more.

    High Availability Embedded Messaging for ISV's
    For most packaged applications and hardware systems, failure is not an option. Lost messages, service delays, and incomplete transactions lead to high support costs, financial penalties for missed SLAs, and possible legal action by your end users or partners. Download this whitepaper and learn how you can increase the performance, reliability and availability of your application or device. Click here to learn more.

    Identifying Best-of-Breed Characteristics in ESBs
    Integration approaches have been refined over the last ten years, resulting in the emergence of architectures that offer flexible and adaptable platforms for integration. One of the most exciting developments to emerge is the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB). This paper contrasts the characteristics of ESBs and identifies areas that represent best-of-breed capabilities.[Read More]

    Raising EAI Standards
    This paper considers the changing dynamics of the EAI market and how these dynamics are likely to play out, focusing particularly on one aspect that could prove a real paradigm shift - the emergence of standards. The conclusion should be encouraging to any company looking to invest in EAI as a means to deliver improved business integration. [Read More]

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