Neuron ESB

The fastest, easiest, most cost-effective way to integration and modernize your enterprise
The Neuron ESB Advantage

  • Cut integration costs by up to 80%
  • Speed delivery of your solutions
  • Leverage your existing .NET skills
  • Reduce custom development
  • Make developers more productive
  • The challenge - “I need a simple, reliable way to connect my .NET systems and applications”
Most Java-based integration products claim to have all the features you need to connect your .NET applications. But you’ll likely need to hire an expensive consultant to help adapt your new Java-based infrastructure. Even Microsoft’s own BizTalk – which is difficult and costly to develop, deploy and manage – isn’t a pure .NET integration solution.
At Nordic Consult we have been working with Neuron since 2009. We choose this product because it was evident that Microsoft own integration engine – BizTalk, was not able to follow the agile approach and the speed of delivery achieved by the pure .Net teams.
It was also evident that the first line of integration engines from Microsoft, IBM and Oracle where developed as server monoliths which in no practical way where able to solve the modern challenges of an ESB. As a example Neuron ESB is in compliance with the principles of David Chapell’s book “ESB” from 2004.
Nordic Consult is one of the first companies in Denmark and Europe to partner with Neuron ESB.

At Nordic Consult we offer to help with:

  • Product evaluation
  • Neuron ESB Introduction and demo
  • Neuron ESB Cost benefit analysis
  • Neuron ESB Proof Of Concepts
  • Neuron ESB Design
  • Neuron ESB Development and integration
  • Neuron ESB Operations and after production services
  • Neuron ESB courses – why not fast track your teams learning

More About Neuron:

Management

Managing your integration projects from end to end is easy with Neuron ESB. That’s because Neuron ESB leverages Microsoft’s server infrastructure by exposing the same features and capabilities you already use to manage your existing IT environment.

Service Broker

With support for SOAP and REST APIs, you’ll be able to build and manage your integration and mobile platforms with ease. Service Broker is designed to expose your existing services to mobile devices, giving you complete visibility while shielding consumers from changes to your internal business processes.

.NET Runtime

Built entirely on .NET, Neuron ESB leverages the same features you already rely on to develop and manage your organization’s .NET infrastructure. You’ll be able to use your existing skills, .NET libraries, WCF services and WF workflows natively in Neuron ESB, helping you speed development and reduce costly services and operational overhead.

High availability

Neuron ESB uses the .NET platform’s built-in features, such as windows clustering, load balancing and always-on SQL Server, to quickly deliver scalable services to meet changing customer needs. Neuron ESB gives you the choice of using either TCP and named pipes for real-time messaging, or Microsoft MSMQ and RabbitMQ for highly available, durable and reliable messaging. Neuron ESB also deploys dedicated runtime hosts and .NET application domains for process isolation and management.

Dynamic service routing

Neuron ESB’s Service Broker and Business Process Designer come together to enable dynamic routing through the stateful inspection of any combination of message, context or ambient properties. Business rules within processes can use this information to build either simple or complex routing scenarios. Service versioning can be controlled by dynamically routing incoming requests based on rules executed within Neuron ESB’s business processes.

Messaging

Hierarchical topic-based messaging enables you to more closely mirror your organizational hierarchy or even business semantics. Neuron ESB provides configurable network transports, queueing support and event-based client API that can be hosted inside your .NET applications, making it easy to configure applications with low latency, in-memory routing characteristics, or guaranteed, once-only message delivery that can’t tolerate loss.

Real-time activity tracking

Neuron ESB enables real-time tracking of counts, size and rates of messages passing through the bus since the last restart. Endpoint health features give you full control of individual endpoints, as well as a historical view of messages processed by service and connector endpoints. And Neuron ESB’s SQL Server-based tracking enables you to monitor and report remote client active sessions, complete message history and all failed messages.

Operations friendly

Use familiar tools and protocols to monitor and manage Neuron ESB. Report run-time statistics through WMI performance counters and events, and the Windows event log. Control access security through Active Directory integration. You can also configure Kerberos for Neuron ESB’s service endpoints.


Comprehensive health monitoring

Neuron ESB works with all your organization's existing operations tools. Although Neuron ESB has its own monitoring tool, it ships with a variety of Microsoft and other technology extensions, so it works just as easily with Microsoft and other third-party operations platforms.

Usability

Built for .NET developers by .NET developers, Neuron ESB’s familiar .NET features and drag-and-drop graphical designer enable you to quickly and easily orchestrate and connect all your external systems, databases, transports and protocols, reducing the need for costly services. ´ Neuron ESB offers a vast array of integration capabilities that you can quickly configure without having to write a bunch of code. Once configured, Neuron ESB applications are auto-compiled .NET artifacts that support in-place debugging. And you’ll be able to set breakpoints to peer into memory and the environment as applications execute.

Flexibility

Messaging applications, service broker and connectors are hosted in Neuron ESB’s main hosting environment, isolated within dedicated .NET app domains. Workflows have dedicated hosts specifically designed to extend Windows Workflow Foundation and provide the business resiliency enterprises require. For flexibility, different Neuron ESB applications, or even different pieces of the same application, can be separated into their own hosts, giving you full control over application deployment architecture. Neuron ESB deployment methodology is also very flexible. You can deploy applications by copying their file trees to another Neuron ESB server (XCopy deployment). Or you can use Neuron ESB Explorer to create deployment packages the can be dropped into another installation. And Neuron ESB supports deployment from source controls such as Microsoft Team Foundation Server or Git. For added convenience and security, Neuron ESB’s rich environment variable features enable you to change things like connection strings and account names between development and production. You don’t need to know security details about the production environment to quickly prepare a new application for deployment. Just load a new set of default environment variables, and you're ready to go.

Extensibility

From instantiating .NET assemblies built in Visual Studio to coding C# directly in the Neuron Explorer interface, Neuron ESB’s unmatched extensibility makes it easy to:
  • Build custom connectors for home grown systems and applications
  • Add .NET assemblies to applications by reference
  • Type .NET code directly into process and workflow shapes
  • Leverage connector framework and samples to build new connect ors
  • Use Neuron ESB’s .NET debugger to see inside artifacts as they execute

Connect your business-critical infrastructure as soon as Neuron ESB is installed, using built-in connectors for:
  • TCP and Named Pipes for real-time messaging
  • MSMQ and Rabbit MQ for durable messaging
  • Service protocols (e.g. SOAP, REST any WCF Binding)
  • Email protocols (POP3, SMTP and Microsoft Exchange)
  • Databases (e.g. ODBC, DB2, Oracle, SQL)
  • File systems (e.g. SMB, SFTP/FTP/FTPS, Dropbox)
  • Line of Business Systems (e.g., Dynamics, SharePoint, NetSuite, Salesforce, SAP)
Neuron ESB leverages .NET infrastructure, operations and management techniques to ensure your applications quickly plug into your existing .NET processes. It supports Windows Management Interface reporting and raises execution events and errors in the Windows event log.

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