Middleware to middleman

MuleSoft launches Anypoint integration platform and bags $37m funding

Chris Mayer
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Well known for their Java enterprise service bus, MuleSoft now want to become the hub for the ‘New Enterprise’.

MuleSoft has taken the covers off their new enterprise
platform Anypoint, as well as unveiling a new round of investment
to the tune of $37m.

The company is pushing its latest product as an
all-consuming cloud-connecting hub, designed to marry together
legacy apps with the new breed of modern mobile and web-based
options.

Founded in 2006, MuleSoft quickly made their
name supplying middleware products, particularly with MuleESB, an
open source Java enterprise service bus. Moving

into the cloud to become an enterprise
middleman
is a big shift in strategy for MuleSoft, but
one the company firmly believe in. They’ve even coined the
marketing buzzword
“New
Enterprise”
to describe
the sprawling infrastructure which companies now have to keep
tabs on.

CTO and co-founder Ross Mason
told GigaOM
that Anypoint
is “the blueprint” to combine on-premise systems
with SaaS and mobile platforms. Anypoint bundles together
MuleSoft’s old guard, including Mule ESB and cloud integration
platform CloudHub, with new services focused on API creation and
management.

These include design toolkit APIkit and API Manager,
which in unison allow companies to parcel software together and
push it out to others. MuleSoft are also keen on pushing APIhub,
which as the name would suggest, a social network for sharing major
open source APIs. MuleSoft claim there’s a repository of 13,000
APIs readily available and are hoping to spark a community from
this. 

The package also includes connection broker
Service Registry and Mule Studio, a graphical development
environment for creating applications in-house or in the
cloud.

Once you get around the buzzword heavy announcement, there
is indeed a point to Anypoint. Modern companies might be savvy
enough to manage their services, but plenty more are struggling to
mix old services with the new, and also failing to take advantage
of the plethora of new endpoints out there. MuleSoft’s new
integration vehicle could be the answer, and with $81m already
pumped into the company, it seems that others agree.

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