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We performed a comparison between IBM WebSphere Message Broker and Mule ESB based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed IBM WebSphere Message Broker vs. Mule ESB report (Updated: September 2022).
635,987 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"Message Broker is valuable because most of the applications are using MQ. Even in my current engagement, the few applications which I audit to onboard the bank are using MQ.""Performance-wise, this solution is really good.""Integration and mapping are easy, which is a major advantage.""Straightforward development and deployment."

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"The cloud and integration abilities are most useful allowing us to use applications such as Salesforce and DataWeave.""Easy connectivity and easy integration.""The solution offers multiple deployment options.""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.""Mule ESB is a very easy-to-use and user-friendly solution.""It's open source, and there are a lot of community resources. Mule ESB makes it easy to connect to other software applications.""The solution improved my company by modernizing the way we offer services and improving the user experience.""The solution doesn't require much code writing and we can develop APIs very easily."

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Cons
"The images and size of the containers are too big and I think that they should be more lightweight.""Today I probably wouldn't go for Message Broker because of the cost structure, support, and the whole ecosystem around IBM.""There is some lag in the GUI. There have been some performance issues and maybe it's because of the application data.""Technical support is good but they could have a better response time."

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"Community editions need more attention.""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 limitations with the subscription model that comes with the product.""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 order to meet the new trend of active metadata management, we need intelligent APIs that can retrieve new data designs and trigger actions over new findings without human intervention.""Mule ESB isn't as secure as IBM. Financial companies go with IBM for that reason.""In an upcoming release, I would like to see more additional concept for exception handling, batch processing, and increased integration with other application.""There are some issues with both stability and scalability."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "This product is more expensive than competing products."
  • "I feel with IBM, when you want certain functions or features, you have to continuously purchase add-ons. There are always additional fees."
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  • "This product is cheaper than some offered by other vendors, although there is a problem because you have to pay for some third-party adapters."
  • "Most of the challenges that I had with this solution were for smaller customers. There is not a good licensing model or pricing model. It is more expensive than other solutions, and that's the downside of MuleSoft. I had to be creative to be able to sell it to the business, but we did. This is something they have to work on because for large companies, it's affordable, but for small and medium businesses, it's very hard to sell."
  • "This product is expensive, but it does offer value for money."
  • "I think the price is very high. If you use TIBCO BW, the license is for the CPU usage, then the IPS, and support. I also think the license for the product is a one-time expense."
  • "The price of the Mule ESB commercial version is expensive. However, they have a free community version."
  • "Mule ESB is a costly solution. We pay approximately $80,000 annually for the system. The cost of the number of instances, annual subscription, and cloud hosting services are expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Message Broker is valuable because most of the applications are using MQ. Even in my current engagement, the few applications which I audit to onboard the bank are using MQ.
    Top Answer:There is some lag in the GUI. There have been some performance issues and maybe it's because of the application data.
    Top Answer:I was previously part of the Oracle SOA/OSB development team. In my current capacity I architected solutions using MuleSoft Anypoint Platform on cloud / on-premises and hybrid modes and on PCE/RTF on… more »
    Top Answer:Our team ran a comparison of IBM’s Integration Bus vs. Mule ESB in order to determine what sort of ESB software was the best fit for our organization. Ultimately we decided to choose IBM Integration… more »
    Top Answer:Mule ESB has a user-friendly design, and everything is in one place. The API and architecture are popular right now. Also, MuleSoft has a large and supportive online community.
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    Also Known As
    WebSphere Message Broker
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    Overview
    WebSphere Message Broker is an enterprise service bus (ESB) providing connectivity and universal data transformation for service-oriented architecture (SOA) and non-SOA environments. It allows businesses of any size to eliminate point-to-point connections and batch processing regardless of platform, protocol or data format.
    For companies looking to modernize and unlock the value of existing on-premises systems and applications, an enterprise service bus (ESB) architecture serves as a critical foundation layer for SOA. When deployed as an ESB, the Mule runtime engine of Anypoint Platform combines the power of data and application integration across legacy systems and SaaS applications, with a seamless path to the other capabilities of Anypoint Platform and the full power of API-led connectivity.
    Offer
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    Sample Customers
    WestJet, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Sharp Corporation, Michelin Tire
    Ube, PacificComp, University of Witwatersrand, Justice Systems, Camelot
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Insurance Company9%
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company30%
    Financial Services Firm30%
    Healthcare Company10%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Energy/Utilities Company8%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise71%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise54%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise72%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM WebSphere Message Broker vs. Mule ESB
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM WebSphere Message Broker vs. Mule ESB and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    635,987 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM WebSphere Message Broker is ranked 7th in ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) with 4 reviews while Mule ESB is ranked 2nd in ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) with 18 reviews. IBM WebSphere Message Broker is rated 7.0, while Mule ESB is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of IBM WebSphere Message Broker writes "Easy to setup and deploy, with easy mapping, and it integrates well with MQ". 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 WebSphere Message Broker is most compared with IBM Integration Bus, webMethods Integration Server, IBM BPM, IBM DataPower Gateway and IIS, whereas Mule ESB is most compared with IBM Integration Bus, webMethods Integration Server, Oracle Service Bus, Red Hat Fuse and OpenESB. See our IBM WebSphere Message Broker vs. Mule ESB report.

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