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MuleSoft Anypoint platform grows data and app integration

Open source-based and loaded with a plethora of out-of-the-box connectors, the MuleSoft Anypoint Platform lets enterprises integrate data and apps in the cloud and on premises.

The MuleSoft Anypoint Platform integrates applications and data both on premises and in the cloud, allowing developers to connect, orchestrate and enable any internal or external endpoint.

Typical uses include connecting the organization to customers and partners, enabling new channels -- such as mobile apps -- unlocking data and legacy business application logic, or providing a unified customer experience via the integration of touch points.

Classified as an application integration suite, Anypoint Platform is made up of the Mule runtime engine, which is deployed as an enterprise service bus (ESB), hybrid integration platform as a service or API gateway. Mulesoft Anypoint Platform shares a set of platform services for key functions, including analytics, identity management, business group management, high availability, logging and security.

One such service is Anypoint Connectors, a set of out-of-the-box connectors, ranging from application connectors, database connectors and protocols that can be dragged and dropped from within Anypoint Studio. Anypoint Studio lets users design APIs, implement integration flows and build connectors with low-friction development tools.

Anypoint Exchange, another service in the Mulesoft Anypoint Platform, is a complete listing of connectors, templates, examples and API policies built by MuleSoft users.

Anypoint Management Center lets users manage API users, traffic, service-level agreements and underlying integration flows, as well as administer all aspects of the Mulesoft Anypoint Platform on premises and in the cloud from a single, unified Web interface.

Another key function of Anypoint Platform is the Anypoint API Portals, which can be used by app developers to share documentation and examples, as well as manage developer access and drive adoption.

The latest version of the platform is Mule 3.7.0 and Anypoint Studio June 2015. Updates to these versions include:

  • DataWeave, a new language module for querying and transforming data;
  • Metadata-enabled payloads for context-aware connectivity;
  • Non-blocking HTTP proxies;
  • Java 8 support ; and
  • SOA, software as a service (SaaS) and APIs in one platform for universal connectivity.

An open and extensible platform, MuleSoft provides tooling to help customers interface with existing legacy assets and third-party products, including SaaS applications and partner portals across devices. Customers can connect to thousands of REST or SOAP APIs, select from a library of prebuilt Anypoint Platform connectors and MuleSoft certified connectors, or leverage MuleSoft's simplified connector model to build reusable connectors for any system with Anypoint Platform connector, DevKit.

The Mulesoft Anypoint Platform can run against the operating systems MacOS 10.10.0, HP-UX 11i V3, AIX 7.1, Windows 2012 R2 Server and Windows 2008 R2 Server, Windows 8.1, Solaris 11.2, RHEL 7.0, and Ubuntu Server 14.04.

Anypoint Platform can run against the operating systems MacOS 10.10.0, HP-UX 11i V3, AIX 7.1, Windows 2012 R2 Server and Windows 2008 R2 Server, Windows 8.1, Solaris 11.2, RHEL 7.0, and Ubuntu Server 14.04.

Sold directly and through business partners, MuleSoft Anypoint Platform focuses on enterprise customers, regardless of industry. The Mulesoft Anypoint Platform can be licensed as on premises or in the cloud. MuleSoft hosts its own SaaS offering, with various packaged options.

Pricing scales with usage, as measured by the number of on-premises cores and virtual cores in the cloud. There is a 30-day free trial period.

MuleSoft support is offered in three tiers. The silver technical support tier offers support eight hours a day for five days, with a response time of 48 hours and 10 incidents. The gold technical subscription tier offers support eight hours a day for five days, with a response time of 24 hours and 20 incidents. The platinum technical support package offers support 24/7, with a response time of two hours and an unlimited number of incidents. All support subscription tiers offer back-ported bug fixes, hot patches, service packs and a knowledge base.

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This was last published in October 2015

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