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Apache Camel

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Apache Camel

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Oracle Service Bus

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Apache Camel

Apache Camel is well suited for integration of existing software programs/components with newer and external systems. It supports SOAP and REST protocols pretty well. It was not designed to directly support front end systems. It has limited to non-existent support for Javascript. It is not suitable for creating simple standalone applications and meaningful deployment does require use of other frameworks like Spring/Karaf/JBoss.
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Oracle Service Bus

In comparison to Open source products like Apache Camel and Mule ESB, Oracle ESB is more robust and offers better enterprise capabilities. However, the licensing costs are fairly prohibitive and are preventing widespread product adoption. At our university, we had already purchased the Oracle Campus Solutions ERP suite and hence had little problems integrating their OSB as well.
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Pros

  • Camel has an easy learning curve. It is fairly well documented and there are about 5-6 books on Camel.
  • There is a large user group and blogs devoted to all things Camel and the developers of Camel provide quick answers and have also been very quick to patch Camel, when bugs are reported.
  • Camel integrates well with well known frameworks like Spring, and other middleware products like Apache Karaf and Servicemix.
  • There are over 150 components for the Camel framework that help integrate with diverse software platforms.
  • Camel is also good for creating microservices.
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  • The Oracle Service Bus makes the management of web services extremely easy. Through its point and click interface, the web service endpoints can be easily modified.
  • The administration console provides useful dashboards to diagnose any service issues.
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Cons

  • Camel features and documentation can get confusing to new users. Documentation can and should be improved. Also it would help if there are more tutorials available. Certification in Camel and related technologies like Servicemix and Karaf would also help.
  • The Camel infrastructure probably needs to be rebuilt (hopefully this may happen with version 3.0). At this time the latest production release of Camel (2.17.x) is not built with the latest version of Java (JDK 1.8).
  • Camel should also move towards becoming a "heavyweight" ESB product, though this may detract from some of its desirable features.
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  • Oracle Service bus discontinued support for Eclipse IDE and some of the customization features are now exclusively through JDeveloper.
  • The service bus does not support a concurrent deployment of multiple web services through the web console.
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Alternatives Considered

Apache Camel has been the integration framework of choice, but I was not the person to make the decision to use it. Compared to other competing products like Tibco Business Works, etc., it is free and open source and its licensing policy is acceptable to the management of Cox.
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Mule ESB is an open source tool and would definitely cost less, however is not as sophisticated a product for the business functionality we need at US Cellular.. I have reviewed IBM WebSphere Message Broker, is very cumbersome and not very user friendly. Despite some of the license cost concerns, Oracle Service Bus stands out as an ideal Enterprise Service Bus solution at US Cellular
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Return on Investment

  • There was certainly a positive impact in terms of code maintainability and ease of implementing new messaging pipelines, however, it's a little difficult to quantify.
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  • Oracle Service Bus was the right choice for us in implementing our service-oriented architecture. It has made management and consumption of SOAP/Restful data much easier for us.
  • OSB has allowed us to control data access to a wide array of data stores through a single service orchestration.
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Apache Camel

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Free Trial
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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No
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Oracle Service Bus

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Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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