Mule (software)

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Latest release 2.2.1 / 2009-03-25; 21 days ago
Written in Java
Operating system Cross-platform (JVM)
Type Enterprise Service Bus
License CPAL license

Mule is a light-weight Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) and integration framework. It can handle services and applications using disparate transport and messaging technologies. The platform itself is Java-based but can broker interactions between other platforms such as .Net using Web Services or Sockets.

The architecture claims it is a scalable, highly distributable object broker that can seamlessly handle interactions across legacy systems, in-house applications and almost all modern transports and protocols.


[edit] Features

Some of the key features of Mule are:

  1. Pluggable Connectivity, for around 50 protocols including JMS, JDBC, TCP, UDP, multicast, http, servlet, SMTP, POP3, file, XMPP.
  2. Message Routing capabilities
  3. Deployment topologies including ESB, ESN, Hub and Spoke, Client server
  4. Web Services and WS-* support using Apache CXF, XFire, Axis and Glue
  5. Integration with JBoss and other App servers
  6. Spring Integration
  7. Transformation Layer
  8. Integrated Security Management

[edit] Concepts

Mule supports routing and message auditing capabilities as defined in the book Enterprise Integration Patterns by Gregor Hohpe and Bobby Woolf.

Non-Intrusive approach. Any object can be managed by the ESB container.

[edit] Supporting Tools

  1. Eclipse IDE called MuleIDE, which is a set of Eclipse plug-ins for developing, deploying and managing Mule projects.
  2. MuleForge provides a hosted project environment for Mule extensions such as Transports Modules, examples and core extensions. MuleForge provides its project management environment using Atlassian tools.
  3. Governance platform named Galaxy, which provides an SOA registry/repository for lifecyle, dependency and artifact management, service discovery and reporting, and application deployment management.

Mule has an integration engine, but the community edition lacks the support for Advanced Management interfaces. MuleSource offers an Enterprise Edition of Mule that provides a rich Management and Monitoring tool, MuleHQ.

Similar Products exist, both Open Source and Commercial.

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