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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.""Easy connectivity and easy integration.""The transformation and the data format are the features that I like the most.""The most valuable feature for Mule is the number of connectors that are available.""Everything runs in Java, which is a useful feature.""What Mule provides out-of-box is a sufficient product.""The cloud and integration abilities are most useful allowing us to use applications such as Salesforce and DataWeave.""The solution offers multiple deployment options."

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"OpenESB pushes the organization to clearly define service boundaries and interfaces. So it motives the business and the development teams to clearly define their business services and processes they want to implement. OpenESB supports fine and coarse-grain granularity for the services and supports top-down and bottom-up approaches for the services, processes definition, and composition.""The core is very stable.""One of the most valuable features is being able to implement business processes while keeping track of the design from BPMN to a BPEL Implementation."

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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.""Lacking some connectors that could be included.""It's not easy to troubleshoot and we still can't make it work.""MuleSoft is not so strong in method-based integration, so they're not so functional in that regard.""There are some issues with both stability and scalability.""There are limitations with the subscription model that comes with the product.""In an upcoming release, I would like to see more additional concept for exception handling, batch processing, and increased integration with other application.""It would be great to see implementing security modules as a feature."

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"The documentation of the product must be improved. It could be tricky to find the right documentation on a topic since the documentation is spread in many places. I advise the new joiner to contact the community to get entry points and additional documentation. Tutorial and Video must be present to take up the product.""The documentation needs to be better.""Regarding its management, a web console being able to synchronize distributed instances would be great."

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"The licensing is yearly, and there are additional fees for services.""This product is cheaper than some offered by other vendors, although there is a problem because you have to pay for some third-party adapters."

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"There are two versions. The first is the community version, which is free and contains the last part of the feature, but if you want to get the Enterprise version, you'll have to pay €60,000 which covers support and two instances on production.""The Community Edition is a full product you can use in production, it does not have limitations like other alternatives."

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Top Answer: I was previously part of the Oracle SOA/OSB development team. In my current capacity I architected solutions using MuleSoft Anypoint Platform on cloud / on-premises and hybrid modes and on PCE/RTF on… more »
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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.

OpenESB is a Java-based open-source enterprise service bus. It can be used as a platform for both enterprise application integration and service-oriented architecture. OpenESB allows you to integrate legacy systems, external and internal partners and new development in your Business Process.

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Computer Software Company36%
Comms Service Provider15%
Financial Services Firm7%
Energy/Utilities Company7%
Comms Service Provider36%
Financial Services Firm13%
Computer Software Company12%
Manufacturing Company10%
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Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise53%
Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise9%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Mule ESB vs. OpenESB and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
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Mule ESB is ranked 3rd in Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) with 8 reviews while OpenESB is ranked 10th in Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) with 3 reviews. Mule ESB is rated 7.4, while OpenESB is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Mule ESB writes "Well performing and easy to use solution". On the other hand, the top reviewer of OpenESB writes "Supports top-down and bottom-up approaches for the services, processes definition, and composition". Mule ESB is most compared with IBM Integration Bus, webMethods Integration Server, Red Hat Fuse, TIBCO ActiveMatrix Service Bus and Oracle Service Bus, whereas OpenESB is most compared with WSO2 Enterprise Integrator and Red Hat Fuse. See our Mule ESB vs. OpenESB report.

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