It seems Mule creator Ross Mason had so many requests for consulting jobs concerning his open source enterprise service bus (ESB) technology that he decided he just might make it work as a company. With former OSDL principal analyst Dave Rosenberg, Mason has formally launched MuleSource to offer per-server, per-year, subscription-based support and architecture services.
According to Computer Business Review, Mason developed Mule -- a Java-based hub -- to "take the donkey work" out of integration. It boasts 200,000 downloads and about 100 production users. Most production users told Rosenberg and Mason they are happy to pay for support, primarily because the projects for which they are using Mule are mission-critical.
That willingness from users, not to mention the $4 million in initial venture funding and the support of such partners as MySQL, EnterpriseDB, SugarCRM, Alfresco and others, can only bode well for the startup.