Service Bus 1.0 (also called Service Bus Server) is a Microsoft messaging product, which many people will compare with Enterprise Service Bus. Currently Microsoft is NOT positioning Service Bus Server as an ESB product. The reason for that is that Service Bus doesn’t support many of features which are supported by typical ESB. For example a common service bus supports features like We don’t have any of the ‘other’ ESB features like: protocol conversion, message transformation, adapters (in term of BizTalk), business monitoring etc.
Service Bus is for now a messaging runtime focused on rich messaging patterns like pub-sub & queues. Moreover it guaranties on-prem and cloud symmetry.
To recap, Service Bus is not an ESB product but rather a messaging platform.
An interesting combination of Service Bus Server and Workflow enables however easy implementation of highly scalable workflow based and long running scenarios, which make place for new innovative solutions.
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Aug 01 2012, 08:23 AM