As expected, future versions of Java CAPS will include "OpenESB framework and components". I am quite interested to see how the Java CAPS 5.2 version will look like? I have been a strong supporter of JBI and have been using Apache ServiceMix extensively. I have to admit that I have not used OpenESB to the same extent. It would be nice to see, how the OpenESB JBI container and other JBI components will be integrated with the existing components like eGate Integrator, eInsight etc (From SeeBeyond acquisition). This will also help the existing SeeBeyond customers who are quite anxious about the future roadmap of Java CAPS.
In this post Sun's Fred Aabedi writes about the value add this will provide to the new and existing customers.
In his words..
"The merger of the OpenESB framework and some of JBI components into CAPS 5.2 brings exciting new possibilities to both our existing and new customers in the integration, composite applications, and SOA domains. A consolidated runtime environment based on the world class Glassfish platform allows the interoperability of our classic Java EE based components and new JBI based components. This combination is quite powerful and provides a lot of new options to our customers to solve their integration problems and build killer composite applications. Customers realize this ability to leverage existing proven solutions along with leading edge technologies by taking advantage of the Bi-directional Re-use features (JBI Bridge) that allow interoperability between the Java EE and JBI based components. In addition, standardization on the NetBeans 6.0 platform for all of the Java CAPS tooling gives developers a proven and effective platform on which to develop enterprise solutions."