We performed a comparison between IBM Integration Bus and Mule ESB based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.
Comparison Results: Both solutions receive high marks from reviewers. IBM Integration Bus has a slight advantage over Mule ESB due to its flexibility and user-friendly interface.
"The product is a user-customized tool so that you can adjust it to your specific needs pretty well with little trouble."
"The stability is mostly pretty good."
"I use the integration of Kafka and the message flow, which is really good. It is also good for moving any file from one location to another. Using IBM Integration Bus in the data stage is pretty simple. You can see the preview and other things. The MQ server integrated with IBM Integration Bus is really great. I don't have to do a lot of configuration from that side. It is really good."
"The solution offers good performance and is stable."
"It aligns well with containerized environments, which increases its scalability and high availability."
"Having the solution come from IBM you know you are receiving a product of quality in components and in the services, it is very good."
"I am into microservices using Java Spring Boot, but if we are using legacy systems, IBM Integration Bus is very good for them. They have their own computational logic called EC12, their own proprietary language. You can do any kind of complex logic and can implement other ESVs that I have seen."
"Seamlessly integrates your different applications."
"The most valuable features of Mule ESB are its ease of use, documentation, ease to adapt to newer security and vulnerabilities, and a lot of help available. Additionally, there is a lot of flexibility, many patches available, and they provide APIs. They are a market standard."
"The solution has a good graphical interface."
"This tool has exceptional API management and integration connectors in addition to multiple out of the box connectors."
"The cloud and integration abilities are most useful allowing us to use applications such as Salesforce and DataWeave."
"The solution improved my company by modernizing the way we offer services and improving the user experience."
"It was pretty fast to develop APIs on this platform, which is something I liked about it. So, the time to value was pretty good."
"It is easily deployable and manageable. It has microservices-based architecture, which means that you can deploy the solution based on your needs, and you can manage the solution very easily."
"I like that Mule ESB provides fast and good technical support."
"The solution is complex and there is a need for more resources and greatly improved quality."
"The product lacks an integrated testing module."
"IBM Integration Bus can improve JSON Schema validations. We don't have any kind of nodes that can support that kind of validation. If we want to containerize it by means of the docker's containers in the clouds, we are not able to manage it very well."
"IBM doesn't really have a very strong community surrounding the product. Most of its direct competitors are open source solutions, and those have an excellent and well-developed community around the tech to help users navigate the ins and outs of the product. IBM is lacking in this area."
"Today, the IBM business rule engine, the DataPower is outside the Enterprise Service Bus. It's sold as a different feature or application. If it could be integrated, then it's able to handle a lot more of what we are doing now rather than just have a stateless ESB that you can't do much on, and a set of normal business rules."
"It provides all the features that are required for day-to-day work. So far, I haven't seen any major issues that impact our work. I have been told that IBM App Connect Enterprise, which is the next version of IIB, is really good. It is better than IIB, and it gives you more coverage in terms of application integration."
"Storage capacity of the product should be addressed."
"Session management can sometimes hand forcing server reboots."
"We would like the ability to use our own code. This would allow us to develop customizations with ease. Additionally, it would be nice to have more analytics or insights on the exchanged information between databases."
"It would be great to see implementing security modules as a feature."
"The price of Mule ESB could improve."
"It should have some amount of logging."
"There are some features on the commercial version of the solution that would be great if they were on the community version. Additionally, if they added more authorization features it would be helpful."
"MuleSoft isn't as mature as some other integration technologies out there like IBM WebSphere. There's room for growth, and MuleSoft is working toward that."
"In the next release, I would like to see improvement in the generator for the DataWeave language so that it's a little more graphic."
"There are some issues with both stability and scalability."
IBM Integration Bus is a market-leading software solution for application integration. It facilitates universal connectivity across enterprise systems, applications, and data, and offers a full range of integration capabilities on a flexible, secure, high-performance platform. You can use IBM Integration Bus to connect apps regardless of the communication formats or protocols they support. This connectivity enables interaction and data exchange among your varied applications in an adaptable, dynamic, and extensible infrastructure. IBM Integration Bus routes, transforms, and enriches messages from one location to another. It offers support for a wide range of functions, including routing, manipulating, filtering, enriching, monitoring, distribution, collection, correlation, and detection.
You can choose between IBM Integration Bus Advanced Edition, which is appropriate for a production setting, and IBM Integration Bus for Developers (Developer Edition), which is cost-free for development and testing purposes.
The interactions with IBM Integration Bus can be split into two categories:
IBM Integration Bus Benefits
There are many benefits to implementing IBM Integration Bus. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:
Reviews from Real Users
IBM Integration Bus stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its robust data enrichment and its event correlation tool. PeerSpot users take note of the advantages of these features in their reviews:
Richard W., Chief Executive Officer at Responsiv, writes of the solution, “It reduces the need for programmers of consumer applications to understand where data is sourced, or how it is combined. It allows us to avoid the need for consumers to understand multiple API protocols and security arrangements, and in some circumstances can reduce the impact of systems being unavailable.
Another PeerSpot reviewer, an Integration Architect at a tech services company, notes, “One of the most valuable features is how seamless and easy to use this solution is. It's compatible with the cloud, it's a very seamless and fantastic tool.” He adds, “I rate this solution a nine out of ten.”
IBM Integration Bus is ranked 3rd in ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) with 33 reviews while Mule ESB is ranked 2nd in ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) with 20 reviews. IBM Integration Bus is rated 7.8, while Mule ESB is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of IBM Integration Bus writes "Good integration capabilities with an easy-to-learn language but is very expensive". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Mule ESB writes "Scaled easily, had good ROI and time to value, and didn't require taking care of the infrastructure". IBM Integration Bus is most compared with IBM WebSphere Message Broker, IBM DataPower Gateway, Oracle Service Bus, Red Hat Fuse and TIBCO ActiveMatrix Service Bus, whereas Mule ESB is most compared with webMethods Integration Server, Oracle Service Bus, TIBCO ActiveMatrix Service Bus, Red Hat Fuse and Mule Anypoint Platform. See our IBM Integration Bus vs. Mule ESB report.
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