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"The solution is very easy to use. I can download the trial version and just give it a go."

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"The solution doesn't require much code writing and we can develop APIs very easily.""I like that Mule ESB provides fast and good technical support.""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.""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 transformation and the data format are the features that I like the most.""Mule ESB is a very easy-to-use and user-friendly solution.""The most valuable feature is that it's programmer-friendly, so it's very easy to develop APIs."

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"The EPA, from what I understand, lacks a lot of features and it doesn't really know how to interface with legacy systems or how to develop APIs for legacy systems."

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"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.""Mule ESB could be more user-friendly. I think users must learn about the architecture before they start coding. The price could be better. In the next release, I would like to see an EDIFACT integration.""It would be great to see implementing security modules as a feature.""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.""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.""There are limitations with the subscription model that comes with the product.""The price of Mule ESB could improve.""From the product perspective, it was sometimes hard to manage the dependencies. When we had to add dependencies on a couple of different packages, it was sometimes confusing. It was hard to update them with Anypoint Studio, as well as with MuleSoft. There were challenges with that. So, that's one of the areas that could be improved."

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  • "The licensing is yearly, and there are additional fees for services."
  • "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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    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 is a very easy-to-use and user-friendly solution.
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    JBossESB is the next generation of EAI - better and without the vendor-lockin characteristics of old. As such, many of the capabilities mirror those of existing EAI offerings: Business Process Monitoring, Integrated Development Environment, Human Workflow User Interface, Business Process Management, Connectors, Transaction Manager, Security, Application Container, Messaging Service, Metadata Repository, Naming and Directory Service, Distributed Computing Architecture. Plus JBossESB is part of an SOI (Service Oriented Infrastructure). However, SOA is not simply a technology or a product: it's a style of design, with many aspects (such as architectural, methodological and organisational) unrelated to the actual technology.
    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.
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    Sample Customers
    Rancore, Sprint, ResMed, Brazil's Ministry of Health, ING Services Polska
    Ube, PacificComp, University of Witwatersrand, Justice Systems, Camelot
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Computer Software Company30%
    Financial Services Firm30%
    Healthcare Company10%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Computer Software Company32%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise54%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise72%
    Buyer's Guide
    Enterprise Service Bus (ESB)
    June 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Software AG, MuleSoft, IBM and others in Enterprise Service Bus (ESB). Updated: June 2022.
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    JBoss ESB is ranked 14th in Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) with 1 review while Mule ESB is ranked 2nd in Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) with 18 reviews. JBoss ESB is rated 7.0, while Mule ESB is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of JBoss ESB writes "Easy to use with flexible pricing, but needs more flexibility surrounding integrations". 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". JBoss ESB is most compared with Red Hat Fuse, IBM Integration Bus, Oracle Service Bus, webMethods Integration Server and WSO2 Enterprise Integrator, whereas Mule ESB is most compared with IBM Integration Bus, webMethods Integration Server, Oracle Service Bus, Red Hat Fuse and IBM WebSphere Message Broker.

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