Neuron ESB

Neuron ESB

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4.4 out of 5 stars

Neuron ESB is an application, service and workflow integration platform that simplifies messaging, system integration and Web service enablement. Built on Microsoft .NET, Neuron ESB enables you to use existing in-house developer skills, reduce custom development, deliver solutions faster, and cut third-party integration costs.

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Neuron ESB review by <span ue="safe-name" data-safe-name-id="daa5c653-922f-408d-b6d8-d10bc1828ccf">Sebastien H.</span>
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"Neuron ESB a powerful product with a great support"

What do you like best?

Neuron ESB has the distinction of being very easy to integrate. The development environment used is indeed very similar to that of Microsoft (Visual Studio). This allows our developers to not feel lost when integrating Neuron ESB. The installation and configuration is when it is very intuitive. In addition to being easy to use, ESB neuron simplifies messaging and facilitates the rapid integration of applications. There is also an acceleration of the adoption of a service-oriented architecture. Neuron ESB has the ability to collect and read some or all of the messages on the bus.

What do you dislike?

The interface could be improved. It is certainly understandable and simple but it is a little too basic ... The documentation used to inform about the new features present is not very well organized, I mean that some features are not detailed and make understanding and the implementation of these a bit more complicated.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get the 30-day trial version, and try to do something with this one, explore it. The software is really very powerful! Give it a chance and take the time to test each of its features. You will not be disappointed

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

By developing a new interface, we got closer to our customers and allowed a better exchange with them. The main advantage we see is that thanks to our basic interface we have evolved with users to be closer to them. We have also gained a lot of speed and now we have the possibility to solve the integration problems that we encountered in the past

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Neuron ESB review by Rod K.
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"An Outstanding ESB for the Windows Platform"

What do you like best?

Neuron ESB is an extremely robust ESB engine. It supports all of the most important core ESB vernacular and concepts - publish-subscribe, scatter-gather, and a wide variety of transports, including any major queue transport, and every variety of synchronous transport you might need.

But the benefits rise to new levels. The development environment is really a very close facsimile of the Microsoft Visual Studio environment. This means that if you're a .NET shop, your developers are going to be productive and everything will be familiar.

Unlike the other-integration-engine-on-Win32-which-shall-go-unnamed, Neuron is intuitive to setup and configure. I was up and running later the same day I installed the trial. And I don't mean with a trivial implementation - I was up and running forwarding calls into an external service.

Extending Neuron is a wide open playground - the options are vast. You've got Processes, which are literally dynamically compiled C# program-lets which allow you to inject classes, or you can even write your own glue code in regular old .NET assemblies. For the heavy-weight situation where you need to write a full fledged actor in the ESB backplane, you've got Adapters - arguably one of the most powerful features of Neuron, and probably one of the least used.

Overall, Neuron isn't a Cadillac Usually when we say that we mean that there might be some bloat and certainly some "poor gas mileage". Neuron is more like a top end Porsche. It's not a Maserati, but it's definitely better than almost all other high performance vehicles and yet the price is within reach. It's a great balance of features for the price.

What do you dislike?

I feel like Neuron could do a little more in terms of real-time monitoring. Realizing that this is ultimately not a core feature, still this would be the one feature I would like to see, and I think if Neuron had real-time monitoring, it would essentially but a perfect product.

Shadow copying would also be a great feature. When you deploy a build of an external assembly, you're going to have to shutdown the Neuron Explorer and any local development instance of the ESB Service itself. That becomes slightly annoying during development and unit testing. This then causes you to want to factor you solution as in-process black box code which you test in an external test harness, thereby reducing the number of restart cycles with the ESB and its compliment of tools.

Finally, the ability to save test contexts within the process test feature. Due to the restart issue, you'll end up having to keep flat files of input messages lying about (not a bad idea anyway) and you'll end up hand keying input arguments to simulate a request many times over. AutoSaving the context would be even better.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get a trial and build something with it. That's huge, and give it a chance. Like any new product it may take a day or two to get used to the semantics of it. But it is easy to use and it will surpirse you rapidly with the ease of use and fluidity with which you can make real integration effects come to life.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our number one objective is decoupling and parallelization. That is, we wanted control over external vendors such that we could bring online better versions of existing services, try them out, and then run them in parallel for a period of time on the road to phasing out the original.

We also wanted monitoring, resiliency and as much monitoring as we could possibly get.

The main benefit we have gained is transparent pub-sub, and a development platform for routing and manipulating service payloads. The familiarity of the environment to our extremely .NET oriented shop will also pay dividends in years to come.

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Neuron ESB review by William S.
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"Neuron an extremely versatile ESB"

What do you like best?

Neuron's flexibility allows us to choose whether to create web services, messaging middleware or direct integrations depending upon the business need. It can be used for REST services, SOAP services, Request/Reply, Pub-Sub, Composite Services, Orchestrations and Workflow, file-based integrations, SFTP integrations, and the list goes on.

The second thing I like best is the openness of the development team to suggestions for improvement. We have asked for changes many times and had the product team be very quick to incorporate those requested changes into the product upgrade schedule. They have also been quick to resolve any defects we have found in our testing.

What do you dislike?

There are some areas for improvement in the areas of CI/CD. Having multiple teams work on the code and configuration at once can present some challenges. We are considering resolving this by partitioning the solution appropriately for various teams.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Neuron has allowed us to deploy a single platform for hosting SOAP and REST external services and other internal integrations. This allowed us to take big strides toward a loosely-coupled architecture, supporting forward movement for our international partners and migration away from our legacy systems.

Neuron ESB review by Fabrizio M.
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"Easy to use and powerful integration platform"

What do you like best?

Neuron is very easy to use compared to other big players on the market. Integration can be developed easily and do net require extensive training.

The support is great, the Neuron team was always able to provide a quick and effective answer to our doubts; any fix or feature we requested has been released within few days.

What do you dislike?

The documentation is certainly something that can be improved; not every new feature has been documented or sometimes new features have been documented separately and that make it a bit difficould to find the information needed

Recommendations to others considering the product

Define a scope: not everything can be implemented in Neuron, it's not a ETL platform.

Define a framework, a common structure to use when implementing a service. Number of artifacts (service, publisher and subscribers) can grow very fast, when a naming conventions or development guidelines are in place the solution is much more easier to maintain.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Over the year systems have been integrated in many different ways and the IT landscape has become quite complex and difficult to maintain. We are using Neuron to simplify our IT landscape, and gaining control on what's going on, which data are exposed and to which system with the advantage of gathering performance data on the services, as well as centrailize logging and error handling.

We are currently building a layer of generic and reusable services to try to abstract the functionalities exposed by our legacy ERP system. Neuron is essential for its ability to implement, deploy and expose Web and REST services very fast, simplifying to third parties and "modern" application the access to company's data.

Neuron ESB review by Nanfa K.
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"The indisputable best integration platform for .NET"

What do you like best?

We found Neuron ESB to offer the best value for money, speed of development and excellent support. Before switching to Neuron ESB, we had tried using another product without much success.

What do you dislike?

Not much to dislike in the product. Especially since there is a very comprehensive roadmap for enhancements and new features.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are a .NET shop, trying Neuron.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were trying to solve complex integration challenges. We got the benefit of simplifying the complexities and also very good speed.

Neuron ESB review by Brett R.
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"Well supported, impressive tech!"

What do you like best?

Ability to track, marshal and play-back any/all messages on the bus. The UI is also quite good as well!

What do you dislike?

Some of the adapters are very light on features.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be sure an ESB is required and that you understand how bus architecture works. I wouldnt use this for simple integrations, it would be overkill.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Integrating a legacy ecommerce platform with Netsuite accounting. This project has been successfully completed for its first phase. Would not have been possible without Neuron.

Neuron ESB review by Thomas M.
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"Great Experience, but Documentation Poor."

What do you like best?

I love the ease of use, business and workflow editors, operation speed / resource use, and robustness.

What do you dislike?

I think the development documentation is very weak, and as such a lot of questions / experimentation must be done when new techniques / patterns are required. It seems like a more cohesive documentation package, focus on solving real problems would go a long way towards solving this.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We develop interfaces between customer on premise business systems and our internal software product. The primary benefit that we see is that, given a good base design, we are able to extend / enhance the base interface on a customer basis, and have the operational robustness / ease of use that a vendor supplied product affords.

Neuron ESB review by Andrew N.
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"Neuron ESB, good product with outstanding support."

What do you like best?

Neuron Explorer has a nice GUI. Any problems we've encountered are responded to immediately by the Neuron Support team. For the most part it does what we need it to without the need to monitor it.

What do you dislike?

It can be awkward to gain access to reports or use Neuron Explorer remotely (i.e. not from the server it's installed on), but this depends on your configuration. We encountered a few reliability issues, most of which were promptly fixed by the Neuron development team.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do you really need a fully-fledged Enterprise Service Bus? Or will you end up just using a small part of the product?

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are synchronizing customer and account data between 2 major systems and 3 minor ones.

Neuron ESB review by Christian Høegh S.
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"Implemented Neuron ESB as central integration platform / ESB at several customers"

What do you like best?

Performance: Neuron ESB is very lightweight and has great performance. Additionaly you have very granular control over Quality Of Service. This has often been a struggle in the past with other integration products.

Extensive adapter framework: We have yet to face an API or system where we could not integrate using Neuron

Easy onboarding: Existing .Net developers can quickly start developing on the platform

Easy of development: Deployment is quick (hit save) and there is good support for debugging pipelines or testing using the built-in test clients

Excellent customer support: Neudesic have added several of our requested features to the product and support is quick to answer.

What do you dislike?

Documentation: It could be more elaborate. When you get in to the tiny details you often you have to find relevant info in blog posts or as part of the samples library.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Before evaluating any products, start by defining your requirements and most likely main integration needs (request/response, async, workflows, REST, SOAP, Security etc.)

If Neuron seems to fit these requirements, then try a POC with the most common scenarios. A great start is to have a look at the built-in samples.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Automating business processes: Usually spanning multiple systems in order to limit manual work and minimize errors.

Connecting backend systems: Using adapters, so that data is available to more applications and data quality is improved.

Building a central service infrastructure: To give a central view and control over Web- and REST services and have a common platform for logging, error handling, access control etc.

Neuron ESB review by Sally P.
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"Review"

What do you like best?

Neuron ESB has fast performance. The control of the system makes it easy to manage. This has often been a struggle in the past with other integration products. Extremely easy to intergrate with other systems. We have yet to face an API or system where we could not integrate using Neuron

What do you dislike?

save test contexts within the process test feature is a common negative of this prgoram

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it and use the program to build off of previous research.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Create comparisons with modern work and abstracting parallel from the information inputed.

Neuron ESB review by Internal Consultant
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"Technically competent and streamlining integration"

What do you like best?

The amount or lack of effort in setting it up to do persisted message queuing. Often you have to manually setup each underlying protocol and technology, with Neuron, this is all built-in.

What do you dislike?

Highly technical and requires in-depth knowledge of programming practises.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Training is of utmost importance.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Multi-layered integration and brokering.

Benefits:

Time to resolution.

Persisted messaging.

Service management.

Neuron ESB review by Industry Analyst / Tech Writer in Investment Management
Industry Analyst / Tech Writer in Investment Management
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"Neuron ESB fairly easy to learn and meets our requirement in terms of our integration project."

What do you like best?

- I like the fact that it's .NET based, so it was fairly easy to learn.

- I like the publish and subscribe model.

- very easy to setup a business process

What do you dislike?

The user interface is not intuitive enough and there's too much jumping around the application for a simple setup. I wish the application could have some sort of wizard to walk you through a simple setup.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Neuron meets our requirement for our integration project

Neuron ESB review by Andrew P.
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"Neuron ESB review"

What do you like best?

My favorite aspect of Neuron ESB is its usability and versatility.

What do you dislike?

There is not anything that I really do not enjoy about Neuron ESB.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Neuron ESB has helped me to optimize my business as I needed it.

Neuron ESB review by Consultant
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"Great tool"

What do you like best?

Easy to user, great interface for users that may not have as much experience with this area

What do you dislike?

Very expensive and limited range of capabilities

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great tool, slightly pricey

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

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