Compare IBM Integration Bus vs. Mule ESB

IBM Integration Bus is ranked 3rd in ESB with 8 reviews while Mule ESB is ranked 2nd in ESB with 7 reviews. IBM Integration Bus is rated 8.8, while Mule ESB is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of IBM Integration Bus writes "A GUI that greatly simplifies data transformation and application developmet, but it is difficult to configure". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Mule ESB writes "Easy to implement and supports platforms like Windows, Linux, and Mac". IBM Integration Bus is most compared with Mule ESB, Oracle Service Bus and webMethods Integration Server, whereas Mule ESB is most compared with IBM Integration Bus, webMethods Integration Server and Oracle Service Bus. See our IBM Integration Bus vs. Mule ESB report.
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Pros
The solution's features are all quite useful. We use all of them.This solution is very reliable and it is easy to learn.From a performance point of view, it's very good and it doesn't need very much in terms of CPU resources.My favorite feature is the XML-based DFDL mapping, which is a tool that allows you to graphically map legacy data formats to modern data formats.IBM Integration Bus has a complete set of tools that are implemented between rules when it comes to run time, but it's not easy to understand.It is very straightforward. It is very user-friendly integration.It is one of the most stable products which I have seen in the market.Easy to understand documentation with a huge list of examples and tutorials.

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The connectivity the solution provides is excellent. There are often too many systems that we have to integrate and this helps with that.The most valuable feature is the Salesforce integration.The most valuable feature of Mule ESB is data transformation, i.e. our interacting with different systems and orchestrating for our business needs.Once it is started, we don't see any problems on a day to day basis.The most powerful feature is DataWeave, which is a powerful language where data can be transformed from one form into another.The architecture based on events has several connectors which allow integration from external and internal applications of the company.

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Cons
The user interface could be improved in a future release.I would like to be able to run and install this solution on different platforms.This product uses the PVU (Processor Value Unit) license model from IBM, and it is something that should be improved.This solution would benefit from improvements to the configuration interface.I would like to see more metered rest and API support. IBM is already working on it on Version 11, but it still needs improvement.To scale virtically, is difficult.IBM does not support orchestration, which is how they designed it, and other BPM tools in the market support orchestration. If they merged the BPM capability into this product, then it would be a better solution.Development toolkit (based on Eclipse) should be improved in terms of responsiveness.

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The solution isn't as stable as we'd like it to be. There are some ongoing issues and therefore Mule has to provide frequent patches. Mule's core IP should be more stable overall.The Anypoint platform consumes a lot of memory, and it would be great for developers if it were more lightweight.Mule ESB is more into the latest REST APIs, not much into the SOAP web services. Developing is all about web services and not easy with Mule.We would like to have a built-in logging framework in which we can do auditing.I would like to see support for BPM in the next release of this solution.The payment system needs improvement.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Our licensing is based on a five-year contract, and as far as I know, there are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fee.Support costs are high compared to the competition. Otherwise, the support is good.Pricing is on par with its competition.

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The various features and components for this solution are no longer free.

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Miriam Tover
author avatarFranco Paolo Carranza
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The most important matter for me is the learning and deploy/maintenance curve to integrate into any architecture. Mule is a great fit to work faster in a modern environment, of course, you will be able to connect legacy platforms in both IBM and Mule scenarios. I prefer to orchestrate behind as a part of any legacy integration.

Mule: Faster do deploy, really small footprint that means savings and very good support.

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3rd
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out of 24 in ESB
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25,196
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447
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7.7
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IBM WebSphere ESB
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Overview
IBM Integration Bus is an enterprise integration engine that offers a fast, simple way for systems and applications to communicate with each other. As a result, it can help you achieve business value, reduce IT complexity and save money.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
Salesbox, €sterreichische Bundesbahnen (€BB), Road Buddy, Swiss Federal Railways, Electricity Supply Board, The Hartree Centre, ESB Networks Ube, PacificComp, University of Witwatersrand, Justice Systems, Camelot
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm44%
Software R&D Company22%
Wholesaler/Distributor11%
Transportation Company11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company36%
Comms Service Provider12%
Financial Services Firm11%
Government8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company34%
Comms Service Provider10%
Financial Services Firm8%
Manufacturing Company6%
Company Size
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Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise7%
Large Enterprise73%
REVIEWERS
Small Business31%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise55%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise4%
Large Enterprise83%
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