This title itself says it all, “ESB in a box”. Yes, that's right and its almost true for IBM XI50 appliance. Recently, I came to know about full features of this appliance and other Data Power appliances from IBM and it looks very interesting. I’m sure it will compete with already established ESB’s in market, such as Mule, WSO2, Open ESB & Jboss ESB to name few. What makes it so compelling that it can integrate with other IBM Data power family members like XC10 to provide elastic caching with ESB. Which I think is bonus and will get more n more attention from SOA industry. Lets look at some of the feature set from XI50:
Support for direct DB connectivity including IBM DB2.
Any-to-any message transformation, such as binary, text and XML messages
Support to enable simple rules with your applications.
Support data tranformation with routing capability.
Message-level XML security and fine-grained access control.
Enables extreme reliability by securing services at the network layer with advanced XML/SOAP/WS-Web services processing and policy enforcement.
Bridges to Web 2.0 technologies with JSON filtering and validation, support for REST verbs, and converting/bridging of REST and Web services.
Integrate with other IBM WebSphere Service Registry Repository for governance capability and interoperbility and connectivity.
Integarte with other Data Power family members to make it life easy for developers.
Support JAX-WS feature pack for security, message reliability etc..
I hope this will give some idea about IBM data power world...