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Jack Vaughan

ESB Management on Tap for MuleSoft Middleware

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MuleSoft has released a Web-based management console for Mule ESB that lets administrators manage Mule ESB instances as well as deployed services.

Such capabilities grow more important as multiple 'bottom-up' open-source ESBs begin to flourish in organizations. For its part, MuleSoft positions the product as something of an antidote to 'overblown' SOA Governance tool architectures.

The MuleSoft ESB Management Console is said to provide fine grain management, allowing start-stop-and-restart of ESB resources and remote access and update of Mule ESB server configurations. The console shows information on memory utilization, threads, system resources, server and cluster configuration.

The software "reflects the philosophy of bottom-up SOA that we have been talking about for a couple of years," according to Mahau MA, Vice President of marketing for MuleSoft. "Rather than [coming at SOA] from the top-down, you come at it from the bottom-up in a very agile way."
"We are not slamming the idea of SOA governance," Ma said. "But we have seen a real shift away from top-down 'Big Bang' SOA.

In fact, one could say, in some settings "ESB" is more popular and relevant term than "SOA".
Mule ESB Management Console uses an agent per Mule ESB instance architecture, according to Mateo Almenta Reca, Senior Product Manager, MuleSoft. When auditing is turned on, agents establish secure connections to the console. It produces metrics such as number of events, errors, queues and execution time. It also provides information on pools utilization.

Brewing its own ESB management solution may have become a requirement for MuleSoft in the wake of recent acquisition activity. MuleSoft had allied previously with Hyperic for systems management help with its middleware offerings. Just last year, Hyperic was purchased by Web application framework vendor SpringSource, which itself was soon thereafter purchased by virtual machine works VMware.

The Hyperic purchase by SpringSource and MuleSoft's new ESB manager - and, for that matter, even the SpringSource purchase by VMware - can be viewed as admissions that enterprise-class management tools are needed before innovative open-source software can run free in corporate data centers. Data center operators have a big say in what runs - and they do not like to run that which they cannot measure.

Will this less fancy form of services management eclipse full-fledged SOA governance? Stay tuned.

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Peter Schooff

Peter Schooff is Contributing Editor at ebizQ, and manager of the ebizQ Forum. Contact him at pschooff@techtarget.com

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