Before we answer this question, let us first understand what middleware is, what iPaaS is, and how MuleSoft is the best of both worlds.
Middleware: Middleware technologies aim to eliminate the pain of integration by creating a communication layer between two systems – like a semi-permeable membrane with the bidirectional flow. Middleware provides a centralized platform for interaction between legacy systems and SaaS – a place that allows easy retrieval and storage of data.
MuleSoft’s Mule Enterprise Service Bus is a Java-based middleware solution that is reliable and easy to scale. It works with the Anytime Platform to perform any of the functions that middleware is supposed to. Mule ESB can also do more by connecting to the Anypoint Platform and help companies build Service Oriented Architecture, which opens the door to higher possibilities.
iPaaS: Integration Platform as a Service, iPaas is a platform that allows building and deploying integration within the cloud and between the cloud and the enterprise. PaaS eliminates the need for middleware as it allows users to deploy on-premises or on-cloud applications and build integration flows on the cloud itself.
The latest news by Gartner points towards the potential of iPaas as a platform that can encourage the buying, selling, and exchange of integration flows (both out-of-the-box and custom-built patterns) between users, service providers, and integration providers MuleSoft’s ESB integration with CloudHub gives the middleware solution to unequivocal iPaaS capabilities. So, how does MuleSoft achieve this? MuleSoft recommends that APIs be organized into three categories:
- System APIs: System APIs handle greeting and expose data from core assets without allowing users to change the base.
- Process APIs: Process APIs are allowed to shape data to suit business needs and processes. They help make data more consumable. These APIs may be the data analytics expert’s best friend.
- Experience APIs: These APIs are UI/UX oriented and are all about how the audience consumes data on apps and devices. These APIs are likely required to be reusable to enable faster deployments.
MuleSoft Anypoint Platform gives the organization the suite needed to create these different types of APIs to lock/unlock data, compose data, and restructure data without compromising uptime.