That sounds like good news to cloud integrator MuleSoft, which went live today with the public beta of Mule iON, its cloud-based integration platform as a service (iPaaS). Referring to Gartner data, the company says that at least 35 percent of all large and midsize organizations worldwide will be using one or more iPaaS offerings in some form by 2016.
MuleSoft made its reputation with Mule ESB, a Java-based enterprise service bus (ESB) and integration platform that allows developers to connect applications together. To date, the open-source application infrastructure solution is used by over 2,500 organizations, including more than a third of the global 500, with more than 1.5 million downloads.
The company has always been focused on developers, says CTO and founder Ross Mason, and unlike first-generation cloud integration products like Cast Iron (bought by IBM) and Boomi (acquired by Dell), Mule iON is the first true iPaaS. "We need a way to integrate cloud silos. There are massive integration challenges arriving and iON is the first to address that," in that it does the tactical and strategic integration in the cloud.
Analyst Michael Cote, Redmonk, likes MuleSoft's experience and assets in this area. "They started out life as a mature, cheaper alternative to other expensive, ponderous ESBs out there, for example going after Tibco. That kind of ESB and data integration work is dirty, tedious, and time consuming: successfully working with all the different end-points, applications, and data formats out there requires one thing, time, which MuleSoft has had a lot of. I expect to see that maturity brought to iOS, and hopefully the open source community that helps build out all that functionality as well."