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Alex Fletcher's Blog Undoubtedly, as the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) continues to emerge as a hallmark of service-oriented architecture (SOA), the competition between open source and proprietary products will continue to heat up. Granted, ESB is a well-established category of infrastructure software. Enterprises across the world (medium to large) rely on this technology to provide the reusable business services for its applications, business processes and users. In parallel, the ESB market has proven ready for open source disruption with the following serving as indicators of such: Very little "new blood." No new proprietary vendors have rolled out ESBs over the past two years. "New" products have been the result of existing vendors extending the capabilities of older enterprise application integration offerings to include ESB-esque features like Web service suppor... (more)

ASF Grants Synapse Separate, Top-Level Project Billing

Alex Fletcher's "Open Source Unleashed" Blog Even if the announcement that Apache Software Foundation (ASF) granted Synapse separate, top-level project billing last week didn't generate major waves of uproar of reaction and commentary, it remains a significant move to the overall state of a burgeoning open source SOA arena. Initially, after first catching wind of Synapse in early spring of last year, I was thrown off slightly by some of the divergent descriptions/understandings of the effort that were floating around the web and as is the case with incubated open source projects ... (more)