What is Mulesoft – An Overview of the Technology

ZenCloud Editorial Team This blog is updated on July 10, 2024

MuleSoft is a vendor that provides an integration platform to help businesses connect applications, data and devices across on-premise and cloud computing environments. Based in San Francisco, the company was founded in 2006.

According to the company’s website, the name MuleSoft derives from the platform’s ability to reduce and ease integration, conventionally considered “donkey work.”

Additionally, because mules are a hybrid combination of donkeys and horses, the company chose the name to reflect its platform’s hybrid capabilities.

What is Mulesoft Technology

MuleSoft makes it easy to unify data to deliver a single view of the customer, automate business processes, and build connected experiences.

The company’s integration platform, called Anypoint Platform, includes various tools to develop, manage and test application programming interfaces (APIs), which support these connections.

By using a modern API-led approach, each integration becomes a reusable building block. This process that optimizes a reusable process enables organizations to accelerate IT delivery, increase organizational agility, and deliver innovation at scale.

Components of Mulesoft

  1. Anypoint Design Center

Anypoint Design Center provides a syntax-based Web ecosystem for designing and documenting APIs. It provides different development instruments that make it simple to construct connectors, display integration flows, and design APIs. The Design Center enables:

  • Rapid API design
  • Connecting with any framework
  • Mapping of data
  • Testing and deployment of applications
  • Real-time collaborative prototyping
  • Easy integration
  1. Anypoint Management Center

Anypoint Management Center is a web interface to manage SLAs, API clients, underlying integration flows, and traffic etc. and numerous others. It gives a centralized control and visibility of deployed APIs and applications. Features include:

  • Mapping and organizing APIs and dependencies
  • Proactive performance monitoring
  • Personalized monitoring
  • Rapid troubleshooting
  • Scale and high availability
  1. Anypoint Exchange

Anypoint Exchange serves as a collaborative hub to search and utilize the pre-built open and private reusable resources.  It is essentially a library for API providers, through which it’s possible to share assets, templates, and APIs.

  1. Mule Runtime Engine

The Mule Runtime Engine combines real-time application orchestration/integration with robust data integration capabilities. It is the only available runtime that combines application and data integration with SaaS applications, legacy systems, and APIs. Features include

  • sStream and handle data automatically
  • Map and transform any kind of data and format
  • Highly scalable and extensible architecture
  • Extend Mule anywhere
  • Flexible and highly available performance
  1. Anypoint Connectors

Anypoint Connectors offer many tools and ready-to-use resources for faster connectivity. With the help of Anypoint connectors, you can easily connect the pre-configured connectors to your desired terminal and also create your own reusable connector using the Anypoint Connector DevKit software.

  1. Mule Runtime Services

Mule Runtime Services can be referred to as a complete suite of platform services offering reliability, scalability, enterprise-grade security, and high availability. Its Runtime Engine, Runtime Manager, and Runtime Fabric platforms work in tandem to connect, manage, monitor, and deploy APIs and applications.

Leveraging the Power of Salesforce and Mulesoft

The combined power of MuleSoft, the #1 integration platform, and Salesforce, the #1 CRM, enable customers to scale their businesses and accelerate digital transformation.

Together, MuleSoft and Salesforce give companies the ability to unlock data across systems, develop scalable integration framework, and ultimately create differentiated, connected experiences at a rapid pace.

From developing integrated applications with Lightning Platform and Heroku, achieving a single customer view in Sales and Service Cloud, or connecting the Salesforce 360 with legacy sources to synchronize customer info, the possibilities and benefits are endless.

Here are key benefits of using Salesforce with MuleSoft.

Lowest friction: The platform allows quickly creating and modifying application network through user-friendly low-code and pro-code tools and open standards, as well as pre-built templates, APIs, connectors and reusable building blocks.

Undivided connectivity: Seamlessly connect data, apps and almost any other gadget both in the cloud and on-premises.

Future-proof: The flexible architecture allows for innovation and changes as a business continues to evolve while using a wide array of technologies that fits enterprises of all shapes and sizes.

Implementing Mulesoft ESB

Mule, the runtime engine of Anypoint Platform, is a lightweight Java-based enterprise service bus (ESB) and integration platform that allows developers to connect applications together quickly and easily, enabling them to exchange data.

This enables easy integration of existing systems, regardless of the different technologies that the applications use, including JMS, Web Services, JDBC, HTTP etc. The ESB can be deployed anywhere, can integrate and orchestrate events in real time or in batch, and has universal connectivity. It has several distinct benefits which include:

Small footprint: From download size to memory and CPU usage, Mule is lean and agile. It performs well on commodity servers, virtual machines, and even developer laptops.

Easy to learn: Mule integrates with widely-used developer tools such as Eclipse, so minimum to no new training is required.

Cloud integration & connectors: Mule leverages over 100 transports and modules to integrate various applications, protocols, SOAP and RESTful web services. This enables Mule as an ESB to link cloud applications without creating custom code.

Deep visibility: From tracking business events for root cause analysis and regulatory compliance, to investigating messages flows for technical debugging, to getting system metrics, Mule provides deep visibility for all diverse business, development and operational needs.

 Choosing the Right Partner for MuleSoft Integration

To ensure maximum mileage is derived from MuleSoft and Salesforce, it is essential to have the right partner on-board who has skilled resources in both the software.

At Zen Cloud, we have a large pool of MuleSoft Developers and Salesforce Certified consultants and architects. We believe in co-creation, and use a continuous delivery approach and agile/DevOps methodology.

Whatever stage you are at, our experts will take an overall view of your organization set-up and application landscape, and provide bespoke consultation and solution.

ZenCloud Editorial Team
ZenCloud Editorial Team

Editorial Staff at ZenCloud is a team of experts led by Salesforce, Mulesoft, ServiceNow and QA engineers. Trusted by hundreds of clients across the world.

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