ESB vs Microservices: Understanding Key Differences

The Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) has reigned for more than a decade as the preferred method for connecting monolithic business applications. However, with digital transformation and cloud-services rising to the forefront – forethinking enterprises are racing to achieve greater agility by (1) breaking up monolithic applications into “microservices” and (2) loosely connecting them to establish a “pluggable,” service-based infrastructure.

While ESBs continue to play a vital role in connecting monolithic business applications and supporting enterprise IT infrastructures, the microservices movement is fundamentally changing the way enterprises manage their tech resources. 

At the same time, the term “microservices” is often mischaracterized. And that’s why we wrote this guide: To explain ESB vs. microservices in simple terms that anyone can understand.

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