On a beautiful evening, over tea with my grandmother, we were discussing letters. I was showing her the emails from my pen pal from Australia. She got nostalgic about how my grandfather used to write her letters during his job postings out of town. Time Flies!
This reminded me of transformations. Since we have moved from stone scribblings to paper, paper to a typewriter, physical files to excel and data sheets, we surely are rolling with the Digital Transformations. You can know more about how Blockchain is bringing Digital Transformation for Paperless Dubai. But wait, shouldn’t we peek into data integrations and integrating our applications to the cloud?
The Digital Transformation has rolled us over to MuleSoft. MuleSoft is a data integration platform that many of you don’t know much about. So, I’ve come up with a blogpost covering the A to Z of MuleSoft.
What is MuleSoft Integration?
Ross Manson and Dave Rosenberg founded Azechi. Inc in 2006, and changed the company name to Mulesoft in 2009. In May 2018, Salesforce bought MuleSoft acquisition, and currently, the company has over 1400 employees and 1600 customers.
The word ‘Mule’ in its name means ‘donkey-work’ or hard work. The purpose of Mulesoft is to reduce the heavy workload of data integration and get it done with the speed of a racehorse.
So, in technical words, Mulesoft is an Integration Platform ((Mule ESB & CloudHub) that guides enterprises on connecting data, devices, and SaaS applications as well as enterprise applications on cloud platforms.
Further, to understand Mulesoft, let me take you deeper.
MuleSoft is a Middleware
Middleware is a layer between two applications that glues them together and eliminates the integration troubles. The Mule Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) is a java-based middleware that enables accessible communication between applications.
MuleSoft is an iPaaS
IPaaS is an integration service that enables easy, reliable, and secure cloud integration with your application. With the help of IPaas, users can develop integration flows to the on-premise or on-cloud applications and access them without installing or managing middleware. The Mule ESB, along with CloudHub- a PaaS – platform as a service, is an Integrated Platform as a Service (IPaaS).
The Components of MuleSoft
CloudHub– CloudHub is an IPaas that is scalable, multi-tenant, elastic, and secure. You can deploy your Mule Anypoint applications on the CloudHub using the API or Command Line via the Runtime manager.
Visualizer– The MuleSoft Visualizer views your project dependencies and mappings graphically and navigates the API in real-time.
Monitoring– A dashboard that guides you on your MuleSoft project.
Exchange– The development team used the MuleSoft Anypoint Exchange as a centralized hub to access the API, documentation, templates, MuleSoft connectors, and more.
Run-time Manager– It is a central console through which developers can check resources moved from Anytime Platform to many hybrid cloud architectures.
Analytics– It maps the performance and usage of design dashboards and charts and recognizes the main problems.
Connectors– These are the Anytime built-in connectors to integrate apps with third-party SOAP and REST.
Anypoint Studio– It is a java-based graphical environment that guides, edits, builds, and debugs data integrations in the Anypoint platform.
API Manager– The API Manager is a dashboard through which developers can access their APIs via the API gateway.
Designer– An online tool to design an API and share the same with team-members.
Features of MuleSoft
The MuleSoft Anypoint Platform is a treasure of features. Let us go through significant elements:
API- connectivity: MuleSoft helps your organization build a network of applications through API-led connectivity. Hence, all the pluggable devices, applications, and data connect uniformly on the platform. You can achieve the maximum potential of your data and applications.
Hybrid Integration: MuleSoft integration provides end-to-end connectivity, and it is a unified solution for designing, publishing, and MuleSoft API management.
Productivity & Composability: With the help of the MuleSoft platform, companies can connect and launch new initiatives, and developers can produce the desired effect. The platform reduces the integration cost and unlocks data faster.
Digital Transformation: MuleSoft enables you to give the right information to the right people at the right time. You can create new products and services faster with better customer engagement.
Trusted Platform: More than a thousand companies rely on the MuleSoft Anypoint Platform, and they have also achieved a considerable amount of benefit by using it. Hence, it’s’ a great benefit to you.
Design Centre: The Anypoint Design Centre comes with tools to create design APIs, build MuleSoft Salesforce connectors, and implement integration flow with ease.
Management Centre: The Anypoint Management Centre is a unified web interface that manages traffic, integration flow, API users, and more.
Anypoint Exchange: This is a collaboration place that looks for assets that can be private, public, or prebuilt.
Runtime Services: A suite of platform services that provides reliability, security, and scalability.
Debug Messages: You can inspect and debug messages graphically with Visual Flow Debugger.
Data Mapping: MuleSoft components handle the complexity of all data mappings with much ease. Data mapping allows you to transform drag and drop, to complex coding.
Why is MuleSoft the right choice for Enterprise Data Integration?
Integration tools like MuleSoft are a boon for your cloud app integration.
1. Development Environment
MuleSoft provides an Eclipse-based development environment- Mule Studio- which is easy-to-use, increases productivity and lowers development costs. Mule Studio integrates with GitHub and Maven easily, and it avails a graphical drag and drops editor to develop and edit your flows and use-cases.
2. Out of the box Features
MuleSoft comes with hundreds of in-built components that cover everything that you may need for your application integration. It has got filters, routers, scopes, MuleSoft transformers, MuleSoft connectors, message sources, and much more.
3. Open-source Community
MuleSoft is open-source, it’s community provides everything from examples, guides, downloads, and tutorials. The MuleSoft forum answers all the community questions. Hence, we can deduce that MuleSoft has got everything for your integration, and yet if you need more features or tools, you can create in the open-source MuleSoft community.
Workout your Integrations with MuleSoft
Looking at the emerging trend of Digital Transformation with this amazing toolkit- MuleSoft, entrepreneurs are winning over their competitors. You, too, can join the league with our Salesforce experts following the agile software development methodology. Our MuleSoft development team can assists you in SaaS integrations, omnichannel development, cloud migration, and legacy modernization. Hire Mulesoft developer from us to connect your application on-premise and in the cloud.