WSO2 ESB has kept me quite busy for the last couple of months. The ESB 2.1 release in July was soon followed by a 2.1.1 release and work is now underway for the 2.1.2 release. That’s way too much activity in such a short period, for an open source project. Anyway, since I’m spending a lot of time working on WSO2 ESB, I thought I might as well blog about my work in a regular basis. So in the next few months, I will be publishing a series of blog posts regarding WSO2 ESB and how to use it to implement real life integration scenarios. This series of blogs, which I have named “WSO2 ESB Tips and Tricks”, will surely benefit many folks who are either just learning SOA concepts or looking to integrate a bunch of apps using an ESB.
You can consider this post to be the 0th article of the “WSO2 ESB Tips and Tricks” series. So before I move on to the 1st post of the series I think I should briefly describe what WSO2 ESB is and why you should consider it as an option for enterprise integration. So here goes:
WSO2 ESB is a fast and lightweight, enterprise service bus. It is based on Apache Synapse, the lightweight ESB from the ASF (speaking of which, “Happy Birthday ASF”). It supports many messaging standards including SOAP, WS-* standards and REST as well as a variety of application and transport layer protocols like HTTP/S, Mail, JMS, VFS, AMQP, TCP and FIX. WSO2 ESB comes with a rich collection of mediators and other functional components which can be used out of the box to implement even the most complex integration patterns. Message routing, transformation, protocol switching, load balancing, clustering and service chaining are some of the common features supported by WSO2 ESB. Controlling and managing WSO2 ESB is also a trivial task thanks to the Web based management. Many of the common system administration tasks such as user management, certificate management and statistics collection are all available as inbuilt features of the server and the management console. WSO2 ESB is shipped with an embedded WSO2 Governance Registry, which makes it easy to store and manage SOA metadata. In addition to that the ESB can be configured to work with an externally hosted WSO2 Governance Registry if needed.
WSO2 ESB is also based on WSO2 Carbon, the OSGi based components framework for SOA. WSO2 Carbon makes it possible to easily install and configure additional features into the ESB runtime. Custom code and third part libraries can also be deployed into the server without any hassle.
Perhaps the best thing about WSO2 ESB (apart from it being super fast) is that it is totally free and open source. Binary and source distributions are available for download through the WSO2 Oxygen Tank. All artifacts are released under the business friendly Apache Software License 2.0. WSO2 also offers training and commercial support for users that require them.
As I have already mentioned a couple of times, WSO2 ESB is well known as a fast ESB. It can easily handle over 2500 transactions per second while maintaining constant memory usage. This level of performance is neither a coincidence nor an accident, but by clever and careful design. Two of the most significant features of WSO2 ESB architecture can be listed as follows:
- Non-blocking HTTP transport : The HTTP server worker threads of the ESB do not get blocked over network I/O. The Apache HTTP Core-NIO based transport makes it possible to accept many concurrent connections and process more messages than any other Java HTTP transport implementation.
- Pull Parsing and Streaming Model: WSO2 ESB uses Apache AXIOM, the StAX based XML infoset model. Therefore it does not build the object model for incoming messages, unless it has to. Incoming bytes are streamed through the ESB without touching the payload. This reduces memory usage significantly and also saves many valuable CPU cycles.
These architectural elements combine with the Carbon framework to deliver the best performance imaginable along with seamless modularization.
Some of the latest features that we have added to WSO2 ESB like rule based mediation and EDA (Eventing) support make WSO2 ESB suitable for implementing even the most complicated SOA platforms.
I think this explanation pretty much justifies why you should give WSO2 ESB a try. It is fast, feature rich and user friendly by all means. And don’t forget, it’s free and open source too. So grab a copy of the latest binary distribution today and get started. If you need any help we got tons of free documentation and articles on the WSO2 Oxygen Tank. This is in addition to our mailing lists and user forums.
I hope you will enjoy the “WSO2 ESB Tips and Tricks”.