ESB: The SOA communication center
An enterprise service bus (ESB) acts as the communication center in a service-oriented architecture (SOA). It translates requests into the appropriate message types and routes them to the appropriate provider.
Read the publication "Patterns: Implementing an SOA using an enterprise service bus."
Connect multiple systems with no disruption
An enterprise service bus (ESB) lets you link multiple IT systems, applications and data. This eliminates the need for you to write custom programs to integrate individual services. At the same time, if anything changes in one system, the other systems are not affected. For example, a rewrite or a change in ownership only requires an adjustment to the ESB. Other connected systems remain unaffected.
An ESB can be used for a wide range of integration projects and helps you:
- Reuse existing IT investments
- Develop and deploy new applications and services
- Add new environments to meet future business needs
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