In order to achieve standardization in and across various industries – from healthcare to finance to education – it’s essential to discern the difference between ESB, EAI and SOA. To best meet this goal, the first step is to define them and learn their specific functions.
Enterprise Service Bus (ESB)
ESB is a software that allows for enterprise app integration and for the use of services like middleware. The main function of an ESB is to build connections among various apps that need to communicate, just like an internet router communicates with the modem for data flow.
Additionally, ESB stands as a service-oriented model for how software infrastructure should function.
Enterprise Application Integration (EAI)
EAI combines computer systems and software to make data integration for a single organization’s applications. It achieves this while keeping the business process as simple as possible in terms of data sources and connected apps.
Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
SOA services work as a paradigm for integration based around a principle design, and provides “architectural interoperable services.” As a primary function, SOA integrates application development and services. In recent years, SOA has become the more common route since the roles and responsibilities of IT have evolved.
Another reason SOA has become more common is that it has the capability to make up for the shortages found within EAI and ESB techs. SOA also makes it possible for some services to be reusable.
Additionally, SOA supports integration through Distributed Enterprise Application Integration and EBS (this is renamed ESBsoa).
ESB vs. EAI vs. SOA: The Choice is Yours
Now that you have a basic idea about the differences between ESB, EAI and SOA, it’s up to you to decide which you should implement. In terms of cost, ESB is affordable and popular among those with limited IT resources. Although many consider EAI obsolete (due to SOA), some larger integrations still find it useful.
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