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Mule Enterprise Service Bus (Mule ESB)

Definition - What does Mule Enterprise Service Bus (Mule ESB) mean?

The Mule Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) is a Java-based platform used to broker or interface with other platforms such as the .Net Framework through the use of sockets or Web services. It is an open-source alternative to commercial enterprise service bus platforms, which are modular and component-based architecture models used for designing and implementing the pathways for the communication and interaction between different yet mutually interacting software platforms and applications.

Techopedia explains Mule Enterprise Service Bus (Mule ESB)

Mule ESB is used to develop and implement modes of interactions and flows between applications and platforms made in a service-oriented architecture. Mule ESB is lightweight and allows developers to easily connect applications quickly and enables communication and data interchange. It also enables easy integration of existing and legacy systems regardless of the technology being used by the application, including Web Services, HTTP, JDBC, JMS and others.

An ESB, with its bus architecture, allows different applications to communicate with each other through a transit system that carries data between these applications either within the enterprise network or across the Internet.

Mule ESB has the following capabilities:

  • Service mediation - Mule creates message protocol and format independence among applications.

  • Service creation and hosting - Mule serves as a lightweight container for exposing and hosting reusable services.

  • Data transformation - Mule allows data exchanges regardless of the format or transport protocol.

  • Message routing - Mule allows messages to be rerouted, filtered, aggregated or re-sequenced based on rules and content.

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