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We performed a comparison between IBM Integration Bus and Oracle Service Bus based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed IBM Integration Bus vs. Oracle Service Bus report (Updated: September 2022).
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"It allows us to avoid the need for consumers to understand multiple API protocols and security arrangements, and in some circumstances can reduce the impact of systems being unavailable.""The most valuable feature is the security.""I use the integration of Kafka and the message flow, which is really good. It is also good for moving any file from one location to another. Using IBM Integration Bus in the data stage is pretty simple. You can see the preview and other things. The MQ server integrated with IBM Integration Bus is really great. I don't have to do a lot of configuration from that side. It is really good.""IBM Integration Bus' most valuable features are its performance, fast and easy development, and easy support.""IBM Integration Bus is flexible, easy to use, and easy to configure.""I consider the solution to be one of the most stable in the market.""I found all features valuable. There are a lot of connectors.""It aligns well with containerized environments, which increases its scalability and high availability."

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"I like the ease of deployment and the ease of implementation.""The interface is fine and the solution is quite robust.""The solution is quite stable overall. We haven't witnessed any performance issues so far.""The routing and aggregation are the most valuable features. It's split and join.""Overall it is a pretty good solution.""The communication between applications is already defined, which means that you don't have to redefine your service infrastructure at the lower level.""What I like most about Oracle Service Bus is that you can use it for many integrations. For example, you can use it for on-premises to on-premises integrations, on-premises to cloud integrations, and cloud to on-premises integrations.""There are always continuous improvements that are happening."

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"The solution is complex and there is a need for more resources and greatly improved quality.""I would like to be able to build an Integration Bus cluster that is active-active.""Migrating to this solution is complex and it would be helpful if they had a way to convert existing integrations.""The next versions are moving toward container use. It would be a shame to make the product highly complex just to support one pattern of deployment. It is my hope that IBM continues to focus on practical functionality that is simple and cost-effective.""Its documentation is currently lacking. We have different environments where we use our configuration services, but we are not able to find documentation about how to deploy the local code to the server and how to set it up on a server level. I would like more documents from IBM that explain which variables should be in your machine while building a project, and when you deploy the code into the server, what should be their values. There are some variable values. I could not find such documentation. While working on a project, I developed the code on a local machine, and while deploying the code to our test environment, I made a couple of mistakes. We had to change some values at the server level, but we couldn't find any documentation regarding this, which made the task difficult.""Licensing is too high. It is quite expensive.""There are a couple of things I want improved, but I think they have already touched upon all those things in the most recent version. I'm not using the most recent version—I use a version older than the most recent—but I'm sure that if I looked into and explored it, I would see more support on the CI/CD and more support for unit testing automation. I've read that they released all these things in the new version of App Connect. Once I explore the new version of this tool, I'll probably have a better idea of suggested improvements.""We used a third-party vendor, who help us install the solution and it was not easy."

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"The pricing of the product could be better. It's a bit high.""Security needs to be more integrated.""Security features can be improved to better protect the server.""The interface console is very slow. Even in production, we need to increase the RAM or CPU. And even after that, the performance is still not good in production.""It's very complex and hard to learn. There's a steep learning curve.""It would be ideal if they could optimize it a bit.""The inconvenient part about working with this product is that it's very heavy, requiring a lot of people and a lot of resources.""The initial setup is likely complex for many organizations."

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  • "The price of this product could be lower."
  • "The solution requires a license and is very expensive here in India."
  • "The pricing could be improved to make it more competitive."
  • "The price of the license could be cheaper."
  • "The maintenance and support of the product are very expensive."
  • "IBM Integration Bus itself is prices fair but App-Connect is a bit expensive which we use in conjunction with it."
  • "IBM provides a quite complicated licensing model."
  • "I generally do not get involved in the licensing or pricing because I'm a hardcore technical guy, but I'm aware of the fact that IBM is highly expensive, so not everybody can afford it. All the products are licensed."
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  • "This is a very expensive product and the price varies depending on factors such as the number of processors and the number of users. Our licensing fees are approximately $300,000."
  • "We have an unlimited yearly license."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:I was previously part of the Oracle SOA/OSB development team. In my current capacity I architected solutions using MuleSoft Anypoint Platform on cloud / on-premises and hybrid modes and on PCE/RTF on… more »
    Top Answer:Our team ran a comparison of IBM’s Integration Bus vs. Mule ESB in order to determine what sort of ESB software was the best fit for our organization. Ultimately we decided to choose IBM Integration… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable thing is the loose coupling and making the change in only one stack of the ESB layer or the middleware layer.
    Top Answer:I like the ease of deployment and the ease of implementation.
    Top Answer:The licensing process needs to be simplified. It's confusing and tedious. It's very hard to get concrete details out of Oracle in a timely manner. It would be ideal if they could be more exact and… more »
    Top Answer:The support for GraphQL needs to be improved, and the response time for global support could be faster.
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    IBM Integration Bus is a market-leading software solution for application integration. It facilitates universal connectivity across enterprise systems, applications, and data, and offers a full range of integration capabilities on a flexible, secure, high-performance platform. You can use IBM Integration Bus to connect apps regardless of the communication formats or protocols they support. This connectivity enables interaction and data exchange among your varied applications in an adaptable, dynamic, and extensible infrastructure. IBM Integration Bus routes, transforms, and enriches messages from one location to another. It offers support for a wide range of functions, including routing, manipulating, filtering, enriching, monitoring, distribution, collection, correlation, and detection.

    You can choose between IBM Integration Bus Advanced Edition, which is appropriate for a production setting, and IBM Integration Bus for Developers (Developer Edition), which is cost-free for development and testing purposes.

    The interactions with IBM Integration Bus can be split into two categories:

    1. Development, testing, and deployment of applications. To program your applications, you can choose from one or more of the available options:
      • Patterns offer reusable solutions that distill a tried-and-true strategy for resolving a typical architecture, design, or deployment task in a specific context. You can use them as-is or tweak them to meet your needs.
      • Message flows describe your application's connectivity logic, which specifies the precise route your data takes in the integration node and, consequently, the processing that the message nodes in that flow perform on it.
      • Message nodes contain the integration logic that must be applied to your data when it passes through your integration node.
      • Message trees describe data in an efficient, format-independent manner. Many of the included nodes allow you to study and edit the contents of message trees, and you can add additional nodes to your own design.
      • You can implement transformations using graphical mapping, JavaTM, ESQL, and XSL, and choose based on the expertise of your workforce without having to provide retraining.
    2. Operational management and performance. The following features of IBM Integration Bus support your deployment's management and performance:
      • A wide range of administrative and system management choices for developed solutions.
      • Support for a variety of hardware platforms and operating systems.
      • A scalable, high-performing architecture built on the needs of traditional transaction processing environments.
      • Tight integration with software solutions from IBM and other suppliers that provide similar management and networking services.

    IBM Integration Bus Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing IBM Integration Bus. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Use the platform’s powerful capabilities to handle various integration requirements to meet the demands of any size project.
    • Help your entire organization make better business decisions by offering quick access, visibility, and control over data as it moves through your business applications and systems.
    • Connect using a variety of diverse applications and web services, eliminating the requirement for complex point-to-point connectivity.
    • To make the most of your existing Microsoft.NET expertise and software investment, use the extended support for Microsoft applications and services.
    • Provide a standardized, simple, and flexible integration base to allow you to more quickly and effectively serve business needs and scale.

    Reviews from Real Users

    IBM Integration Bus stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its robust data enrichment and its event correlation tool. PeerSpot users take note of the advantages of these features in their reviews:

    Richard W., Chief Executive Officer at Responsiv, writes of the solution, “It reduces the need for programmers of consumer applications to understand where data is sourced, or how it is combined. It allows us to avoid the need for consumers to understand multiple API protocols and security arrangements, and in some circumstances can reduce the impact of systems being unavailable.

    Another PeerSpot reviewer, an Integration Architect at a tech services company, notes, “One of the most valuable features is how seamless and easy to use this solution is. It's compatible with the cloud, it's a very seamless and fantastic tool.” He adds, “I rate this solution a nine out of ten.”

    Oracle Service Bus transforms complex and brittle architectures into agile integration networks by connecting, virtualizing, and managing interactions between services and applications. Oracle Service Bus delivers low-cost, standards-based integration for mission critical SOA environments where extreme performance, scalability and reliability are critical requirements.

    Oracle Service Bus enables companies to use the values of their enterprise applications portfolio. From on-premise, to the cloud to mobile devices, Service Bus allows companies to leverage their existing investments in new ways by extending the performance and scalability leadership of Oracle SOA and API Management.

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    Sample Customers
    Salesbox, €sterreichische Bundesbahnen (€BB), Road Buddy, Swiss Federal Railways, Electricity Supply Board, The Hartree Centre, ESB Networks
    MakeMyTrip Ltd., Griffith University, Colab Consulting Pty. Ltd., Pacfico Seguros Generales, IGEPA IT-SERVICE GmbH, Guangzhou Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau, Pacfico Seguros Generales, Bank Audi S.A.L., Rydges Sydney Airport, Intelligent Pathways, Nacional Monte de Piedad IAP
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm51%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Insurance Company8%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Manufacturing Company17%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise72%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM Integration Bus vs. Oracle Service Bus
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Integration Bus vs. Oracle Service Bus and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    IBM Integration Bus is ranked 3rd in ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) with 31 reviews while Oracle Service Bus is ranked 6th in ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) with 11 reviews. IBM Integration Bus is rated 7.6, while Oracle Service Bus is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of IBM Integration Bus writes "Good integration capabilities with an easy-to-learn language but is very expensive". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Oracle Service Bus writes "Oracle Serice Bus is a beautiful platform for integration based on Orchestraion with a powerful process engine and many connectors and additional tools". IBM Integration Bus is most compared with Mule ESB, IBM WebSphere Message Broker, IBM DataPower Gateway, Red Hat Fuse and TIBCO ActiveMatrix Service Bus, whereas Oracle Service Bus is most compared with Mule ESB, Red Hat Fuse, webMethods Integration Server, TIBCO ActiveMatrix Service Bus and WSO2 Enterprise Integrator. See our IBM Integration Bus vs. Oracle Service Bus report.

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