Open source ESB company MuleSoft issued a new release last week that includes, among other things, a change to its management console that allows IT developers and operations staff to coordinate and deliver integration in smaller, incremental steps.
Ross Mason, Mule's founder and CTO, and Mateo Almenta Reca, senior product manager for Mule ESB, briefed me about the new release earlier this month, explaining that this version-3.1-builds on what Mule 3 did with orchestration and cloud capabilities. The company, whose customers include 85 enterprises in the Global 500 and five of the world's top 10 banks, is classifying this as a major release.
We talked a lot about the cloud capabilities and what enterprises are expecting these days in terms of integration with social networking sites and the cloud. You can read more about that in my interview with Mason, which published this week.
But I was also intrigued to hear how the company has adjusted its tools to support the DevOps movement-a trend that shows a shift in how IT thinks about delivering integration and new functions. It seems like a smart shift for enterprise IT to make in preparation for a more cloud- and services-based approach to business.
The changes to the Mule ESB Management Console allow developers and operations to work together for incremental roll outs-thus supporting a continuous approach to integration rather than one big roll out date, Reca told me:
We're focusing on empowering sort of the DevOps movement with features like collaborative deployment and customizable dashboards that are based on ... different roles. The idea is to empower these two types of users and make it more easy for them to work together and get closer to continuous deployment and [an] integration kind of paradigm where you can make changes faster with less risk.
Developers log in to find features like auditing, Flow debugging and visibility in real time to what's flowing through the bus. Operations staff can do monitoring, alerts and collaboration using a central repository for deployments, Reca explained. You can view snapshots of the new management console on Reca's post.
The new release also includes a change to how Mule supports integration with commercial and open source BPM products. Instead of a transport, a business process is now a component in Mule. Plus, the company added stronger orchestration capabilities within Flow, which is the Mule tool for orchestration of services across the enterprise and the cloud. This change to Flow is to accommodate service orchestration for internal and external clouds, according to the press release. Mason also explains these changes in more depth in his recent blog post on the upgrade.
MuleSoft is also offering a free webinar on the new application capabilities with Mule Cloud Connect on Jan. 26 at 1pm ET.