Exploring the Enterprise Service Bus, Part 4: Federated connectivity in the enterprise
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Date archived: November 22, 2016 | First published: January 14, 2009
Driven by increasingly sophisticated business needs, service-oriented architectures have become more widespread, more mature and more sophisticated. A key driver of this growing sophistication is the need for multiple business units to cooperate and contribute to the overall business of the enterprise. From a business perspective, the result is generally called a federation or a federated enterprise. From an IT perspective, the enabler of a federated enterprise is often called a federated ESB, reflecting the role the ESB plays in providing service connectivity in SOA. But the ESB is just one part of an infrastructure that provides service connectivity in SOA, so it is more appropriate to discuss federated connectivity. This article describes the principles of federated connectivity and suggests an approach for creating efficient and effective federated topologies in SOA.
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