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Integrations with MuleSoft Anypoint: Benefits and Deployment

Integrations with MuleSoft Anypoint: Benefits and Deployment

Published on: 08 Nov 2023 8 min read

Seamless connectivity and impeccable customer experience are a must in this day and age. Effortless navigation through countless technologies comes at a cost, however, as industries invest in time-consuming and expensive processes. This is where MuleSoft enters the scene with a user-friendly solution that does not cost an arm and a leg. 

Integrations with MuleSoft Anypoint: Benefits and Deployment

As part of Salesforce, MuleSoft streamlines API (Application Programming Interface) management and integration with its middleware-iPaaS solution and pre-built connectors.

The MuleSoft Anypoint Platform facilitates communication and data exchange in the cloud and on-premises by connecting various applications, devices, data sources, and systems.

What Distinguishes MuleSoft from the Competition?

MuleSoft is among the biggest names in integration and API management, and it comes as no surprise. Its track record of successful implementations speaks for itself. MuleSoft has also been named a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for iPaaS, Worldwide, and Magic Quadrant for Full Life Cycle API Management. 

The MuleSoft platform is a comprehensive integration solution with over 200 connectors, XML, and Java SDKs for custom connectors and various out-of-the-box policies. It is also known for its deployment flexibility, security features, seamless user experience, rapid API development, and accommodation of multiple architectural styles.

Each MuleSoft Anypoint key component serves a specific purpose in creating an interconnected network of applications, data, and devices.

The MuleSoft Anypoint Platform is a tool collection that allows seamless API-led connectivity. It comprises several key components that serve a specific purpose in creating an interconnected network of applications, data, and devices.

You can read more in our article on how Mulesoft Anypoint works.

What Are the Mulesoft Anypoint Platform Benefits? 

MuleSoft Anypoint Platform has significant advantages, including streamlined application integration, improved connectivity with many systems, robust API management, scalability, security features, and support for rapid API development.

Integration with MuleSoft Anypoint Platform significantly increases productivity, accelerates time-to-market and reduces costs.

Now, let’s have a closer look at its main benefits:

Accelerated result delivery: With the steady increase in the demand for integration, adequate data usage has become a competitive advantage. Integration solutions are required to create reusable interfaces quickly and keep everything under control. MuleSoft already has various built-in modules and connectors that accelerate integration. Reusing assets from your organization also accelerates project building, as once you have laid a solid foundation, your future projects will benefit from the existing APIs.

Automated and Consistent Security: MuleSoft Anypoint is built on a secure platform that complies with ISO 27001, SOC 2, PCI DSS, and GDPR. It secures and controls the entire API lifecycle. Its security features enable customers to protect applications and data in transit or at rest. These include identity management, encryption modules, penetration testing policies, and audit logs.

As a result, API owners can consistently conceptualize, develop, and implement secure APIs by providing multi-layer protection against attacks. They can also remove network vulnerabilities, enforce policies, and conceal sensitive data.  

Improved resilience: Built-in resilience benefits from using highly available and scalable architectures. Understanding the state of your infrastructure and systems is critical for ensuring service reliability and stability.

Businesses can incorporate as much redundancy as necessary to guarantee reliability and react quickly to changing operational conditions. The downtime and revenue loss from such modifications are also minimal. If one system fails or lags, you can seamlessly switch to a backup so your customers are unaware of the problem.

Future-proof foundations are something the Anypoint platform’s plug-and-play architecture ensures. Thanks to the API-led connectivity, it is adaptable, so you can respond to changing requirements without rebuilding APIs or integrations. It means you can easily switch your deployment strategy without rebuilding the application, deploying new tooling (for example, from Cloudhub to Runtime Fabric), and dropping or replacing components in the future.

Mulesoft Partnersstrategic partnerships with other companies generally simplify integration processes, so MuleSoft invests heavily in expanding its Partner Network. Scalefocus stands out as a MuleSoft partner with its implementation and training expertise.

The API-led Connectivity Approach and Its Advantages 

MuleSoft’s API-led approach provides critical flexibility and enables building a microservices platform that supports business agility for future growth. The API-led approach allows companies to decouple business functions from the underlying legacy systems. 

To leverage the API-led Connectivity Approach and its Advantages, MuleSoft divides APIs into three types: System, Process, and Experience APIs.

Moving beyond the monolithic landscape and constructing a modern, future-proof architecture based on microservices enables the adoption of best-of-breed enterprise solutions.

Learn everything you need to know in our blog post on MuleSoft APIs/ Mulesoft API integrations

Mule ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) – Modern Enterprise ESB Solution 

Mule ESB helps companies leverage the full potential of ESB architecture by implementing a “pluggable” and scalable system. With the ESB architectural approach, businesses can efficiently integrate their applications and remain agile, independent, and adaptable to dynamic technology landscapes.

Mule ESB helps companies efficiently integrate their applications and remain agile, independent, and adaptable to dynamic technology landscapes.

MuleSoft Deployment Options

Businesses can deploy MuleSoft both in the cloud and on-premises. Mulesoft offers a variety of deployment options based on the platform’s two distinct components (the Control and Runtime planes), including CloudHub 2.0, CloudHub, Hybrid, Runtime Fabric Manager (Kubernetes-based) and Private Cloud Edition (PCE).

CloudHub 2.0: CloudHub 2.0 is an integration platform as a service (iPaaS) that allows the deployment of APIs and integrations in the cloud as lightweight containers. It is fully managed and containerized.

CloudHub: CloudHub is the Mulesoft integration platform as a service (iPaaS) component. It is global, fully managed, secure, highly available, and the quickest way to start.

RTF: Runtime Fabric (RTF) is a container service that extends cloud benefits to on-premise deployments in data centers or on a private cloud. There is no problem to deploy it in any cloud environment, including Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), and data centers. MuleSoft manages the Runtime Plane on AWS, while the customer is in charge of the Control Plane. 

Hybrid: The hybrid deployment option allows application deployment from the Runtime Manager cloud console to the Mule servers and management through Runtime Manager. Customers can self-manage their applications without worrying about control plane management.

Private Cloud Edition (PCE): The PCE deployment option provides customer-managed management of both the Control and Runtime Planes, and from the customer’s perspective, this is the most secure type of deployment that gives control of all platform components on their own infrastructure.

MuleSoft Licenses and Subscriptions

MuleSoft’s pricing structure is based on an annual subscription, allowing for a simple start-up and expansion process. This subscription strategy begins with a basic entry point (Base Subscription). It allows for additional components without the need to advance to a higher subscription tier.

Mulesoft Subscription Plans

What Industries Use Application Integration?

Many industries, including healthcare, finance, education, telco, and manufacturing, leverage MuleSoft’s application integration capabilities. Mulesoft is the preferred choice as it provides a versatile solution for connecting and streamlining disparate software applications and data sources. It vastly improves companies’ efficiency and accelerates time-to-market by seamlessly integrating their systems.
Mulesoft’s various applications ensure a unified digital ecosystem that drives operational excellence and provides a superior customer experience.

Scalefocus Success Story 

The inability to keep up with the fast-growing demand for new APIs can be a serious problem many companies encounter as they grow and attempt to accelerate digitalization. That was the case with one of Salefocus’ customers – a leading EU certification organization with multiple systems for their branches across the continent.

Our MuleSoft team leveraged a three-tier layer architecture design to reuse their APIs, simplify system replacement, and provide a structured API network. The API-led connectivity approach allowed for a complete overhaul of the company’s API lifecycle, including the design, implementation, deployment, and monitoring stages. Scalefocus also developed numerous new functionalities and enabled automated testing and deployment using CI/CD. 

The results:

30% increase in efficiency and productivity
30 new multi-tenant functionalities
Upgrade of 20 existing outdated functionalities

You can read the whole case study here.

Conclusion

The MuleSoft Anypoint Platform simplifies software system integration, improves data exchange efficiency, and enables businesses to adapt to the ever-changing digital landscape. Enterprises commonly use it to streamline operations, improve user experiences, connect data, and save time.

Mulesoft’s reliability, agility, and efficiency are unrivaled. Its API reusability allows fast-track delivery of results that ensures the runtime performances’ constant improvement. MuleSoft and its Anypoint platform guarantee security and governance across all APIs and local system integrations.

Scalefocus has the necessary experience and a team of experts to be a full-blown certified MuleSoft partner. Our expertise in MuleSoft’s API-Led Connectivity integration approach and reliable implementation and consultancy services have helped our partners enhance productivity and innovation while significantly reducing operational costs.

Contact us now and we will be happy to discuss your own projects and all things MuleSoft with you!

About the Author:

Tanja Miloshevska

Technology Team Lead with over 14 years of experience in enterprise projects for telecom, retail, and banking. Profound professional knowledge of enterprise integration architecture and enterprise application integration. MuleSoft Certified Platform Architect, Integration Architect, and Developer level.

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