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Mule ESB

Integration software for businesses


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Published 01/13/2015 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Mule ESB is an integration software provided by MuleSoft and built on the company’s Anypoint Platform. The software is designed to allow developers to connect enterprise applications and systems in an uncomplicated, straightforward and reusable way. The software offers pre-built connectors, integration templates and drag-and-drop mapping tools to create fast and flexible integrations among enterprise, on-premise and cloud systems. The integration platform covers SOA, SaaS integration, and APIs.

Mule ESB provides 120 out-of-the-box connectors and templates to create any integration needed between on-premise and cloud apps. The software uses the Anypoint Studio which employs drag-and-drop graphical design workflows that allow you to map data across applications. The software is highly flexible, letting you create complex data flows with two-way editing functionality. The software uses a common Java development tool framework, such as Eclipse, Maven, Spring and Ant, to create a more familiar experience for developers.

Mule ESB provides an integration service to meet your business needs, offering real-time event-driven integration and/or batch deployment. , as well as intelligent alerts, monitoring and diagnostics. Mule Enterprise Management offers advanced operational control with the Mule ESB Debugger to identify and resolve configuration issues. It also offers complete visibility over all integration operations, such as performance data and event tracking, in detail from a single view. The software also offers proactive threat management and enterprise security.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Mule ESB is provided by MuleSoft, an open source project founded in 2003. The platform was designed to bring a new approach to integration design and development to developers, one that was built on assembly, ease-of-use, flexibility, and the re-use of components, rather than repetitive coding. MuleSoft is built on the Anypoint Platform, an open source integration technology. Mule is used by major brands such as Walmart, MasterCard, Nokia, Nestlé, and DHL, along with top SaaS vendors such as Zuora, Box, Intuit, Clarizen, and ADP. The company is a Gartner Magic Quadrant leader

What are the differences to other apps?

Unlike other integration services, Mule ESB and the Anypoint Platform are built on open source technology. The open source developer community frequently use mainstream IDE environments such as Eclipse, Maven, Spring, and Ant to constantly grow the product. The software is flexible and feature rich, with a wide range of integration options, such as message routing, data transformation, event handling, and more.

The app removes the complexity of integration creation, creating re-usable operations. The platform lets you connect SOA, SaaS and APIs meaning you can connect web services, email, REST and CMS systems, with cloud platforms, enterprise systems, custom apps and databases.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Mule ESB is designed to be a light-weight platform, that is fast and efficient to use. Visual representations of data, such as the Visual Flow Debugger, make integration procedures and actions easy to track, follow, save and re-use. There are few steps required to create integrations reducing time to deployment. The 120 pre-built connectors and templates make common integrations fast and hassle-free.

The app also offers fine-grain, detailed transparency into operations for complete visibility. The Anypoint Studio offers a drag-and-drop tool, as well as the option to use XML markup. It also leverages popular development tools for a more familiar experience, such as Eclipse, Maven and GitHub, and the app supports any component type, Java and beyond.

How does the registration process work?

A 30-day trial version of Mule ESB can be downloaded from the MuleSoft website, as can the Anypoint Studio. You can choose between the Community edition, or Mule ESB Enterprise which has further capabilities.

What does it cost to use the application?

Mule ESB is offered on an annual subscription. Mule ESB pricing is based on three factors – number of cores, subscription tier, and specific project requirements. There are three subscription tiers: Silver, Gold and Platinum. You need to contact MuleSoft to get a specific quote based on your needs.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Mule ESB is a good, cost-reducing recommendation for business in need of integrations but who do not want to hire specialized integration teams. It is designed for use by IT departments and developers working in an environment that utilizes a range of systems and software types. For businesses who need to integrate their SaaS apps, on-premise systems, APIs or SOA services, Mule ESB provides a lightweight and flexible way to do so. The software is used by a number of industries including Finance, Government, Healthcare, Insurance, Media & Telecommunications, and Retail.

  • Integrate SaaS apps, APIS, SOA-enabled assets and legacy, on-premise assets
  • 120 out-of-the-box connectors and templates
  • Visual data mapping with a drag-and-drop design studio
  • Leverages mainstream Java development tools like Eclipse, Maven, Spring and Ant
  • Proactive threat management with Anypoint Enterprise Security
  • Single interface to monitor key statistics, set SLA alerts, and diagnose performance issues
  • Create real-time event driven integrations or deploy batch operations


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