I have been asked many times to help our customers select a product to act as their ESB and have constantly found myself resorting to type and looking at the usual suspects IBM, Oracle, Red Hat, MuleSoft etc. However, recently I have been looking in greater detail at the ESB offering from WSO2 especially since the coverage and ratings from Gartner and Forrester, so when I was asked by Smart421 to attend the WSO2 ESB and Enterprise Integration last Tuesday (6th September) I jumped at the chance.
Arriving at the IET in Savoy Place, London I was greeted by that fantastic smell of fresh coffee first thing in the morning, that gave me opportunity to speak to some of the others attending, representatives from SpecSavers, Aspen Re, SportingBet there to find out more about WSO2 and the products they offer, to other systems integrators like Asteria. Paul Freemantle (CTO of WSO2) was leading the workshop and I enjoyed the openness of him and the easiness of his style of presenting which I am sure is driven from the passion he has for WSO2 and the products they are building.
What struck me most about the WSO2 ESB during the workshop and demonstrations was the simplicity of it WSO2 ESB is a lean, lightweight mediation platform based on and enhances the Apache Synapse ESB and has been designed for the demands of high-volume SOA implementations. Built on the OSGi specification, WSO2 ESB can be easily customised to specific IT project needs by adding other WSO2 components , providing greater flexibility and agility to meet changing and challenging enterprise demands. WSO2 ESB is also available as an ESB-as-a-Service as part of the WSO2 Stratos cloud middleware platform and WSO2 StratosLive platform-as-a-service (PaaS) hosted by WSO2 again making an even stronger case for adopting this.
Paul also talked through some of the examples of clients using their products such as British Airways, US NavyMicrosoft and eBay – with their ESB processing over a billion transactions per day! Couple this with with what had been demonstrated during the day and the other products that WSO2 offer such as they Governance Registry, Application Server and Business Process Server you can see the capability that you have available to you immediately. You can see why this has helped Gartner and Forrester rating this product so highly, and why I think that this is a serious option when considering an ESB and one I will be pushing more…