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Extreme makeover enterprise edition: move that bus!

More advice on avoiding the much-maligned enterprise service bus, this time from a surprising quarter: an ESB vendor.ZDNet colleague Dana Gardner quotes Ross Mason, CTO of MuleSource, who blogged about the risks of employing ESBs earlier this week.
Written by Joe McKendrick, Contributing Writer on

More advice on avoiding the much-maligned enterprise service bus, this time from a surprising quarter: an ESB vendor.

ZDNet colleague Dana Gardner quotes Ross Mason, CTO of MuleSource, who blogged about the risks of employing ESBs earlier this week. Mason is actively discouraging architects and developers from using an ESB, including MuleSource's own open-source ESB, unless they are sure they really need one.

For example, Mason says ESBs only make sense when integrating three or more applications/services. "If you only need to communicate between two applications, using point-to-point integration is going to be easier."

"Don’t choose an ESB or any other technology because it will look good on my resume, I don’t need the features today but there is a remote chance that I might in future, and I had a great golfing weekend with the head of sales."

In a follow-up discussion with Dana, Mason said "over-architecting is one of the things that contributes to the problems being encountered by IT in SOA that has given the acronym a bad name."

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