Mulesoft Raises $37 Million for App Integration

by Sean Michael Kerner

The company's new Anypoint Platform aims to connect APIs to enterprises.

Getting data out of one app and into another is big business. It's a business that enterprise integration firm Mulesoft is now growing with new funding and products.

Mulesoft announced this week $37 million in new funding, bringing total investment in the company to $81 million.

Mulesoft is not a new company, having started out under the name Mulesource in 2003.The company originated as a commercial effort around the open source Mule Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) created by Mulesoft founder Ross Mason.

Mason explained to Enterprise Apps Today that the new funding is a growth round for his company. The plan is to expand globally and accelerate the pace of innovation.

One of the innovations Mulesoft is now pushing forward is its Anypoint platform.

"One of the biggest challenges that enterprises face is connecting all their different kinds of applications together," Mason said. "The Anypoint platform is all about helping our customers to connect things together in a repeatable and reliable way."

The Anypoint platform includes an API Manager and an API Kit. Mason explained that the new Anypoint tools enable enterprises to build consistent APIs for applications. The manager and kit productizes the process of building and managing APIs.

The Anypoint Service Registry is an additional tool that further enables enterprises to manage API connections and clients.

"The API Kit, coupled with API Manager and the Service Registry, takes away a lot of the complexity of dealing with security, versioning and content negotiation," Mason said. "We're prescribing a path where enterprises can easily start connecting things together and publish APIs as well."

Open Source

Throughout the Anypoint platform, Mulesoft is leveraging multiple open source components. That said, the entire solution itself is not an open source effort.

"API Kit is open source and there are a lot of open pieces around the edges that allow people to connect in," Mason said. "We have chosen to open source the extension points around the edges and then we've locked down more of the enterprise functions."


MuleSoft's efforts with Anypoint Platform are further complemented by the company's API Hub site.

"API Hub is the web's largest resource for APIs, with over 13,000 listed APIs," Mason said. "What we've created there is a much more social experience for developers and providers of APIs to connect."

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network,  the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

  This article was originally published on Thursday Apr 4th 2013
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