Building your own Continuous Integration with Mule Cloud Connect and iON

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As you probably already heard we launched Mule iON this week. If you ask one of our marketing guys what iON is, he will tell you that is the first cloud-based integration platform. iON will enable you to integrate popular SaaS applications, cloud services, social media, and a lot more without requiring any infrastructure.

Of course, I’m not a marketing guy,

Integration is the biggest challenge in the cloud

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When people ask  “what are your biggest concerns about cloud” you may think security, lack of standardization or reliability, but the real challenge is the same challenge that has challenged every enterprise; how do I get my applications to talk to each other and how to I respond to changes in my business?

The fact is that there are some major trends happening that are making integration an important if not the most important economic and business imperative.

Mule iON: Integrating SaaS Applications with On-premise Data using the Secure Data Gateway

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Integrating SaaS or Cloud applications with on-premise databases may seem straight forward enough at first pass but can be challenging if you don’t have the right approach.

Cloud applications like Salesforce.com provide APIs that can easily be used to integrate with your on-premise applications or databases. For example, using MuleSoft’s Salesforce.com Cloud Connector, developers can easily set up a process which polls for changes in their Salesforce org and synchronizes the data with a local database instance.

Developers, why use a PaaS?

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While cloud trends have been gaining momentum over the lat 8 years or so,  developers have largely been nonplused. After all, both SaaS and IaaS largely affect the business and IT (and developers are largely allergic to buzz words and trends). However, PaaS is all about the developer.  PaaS addresses the part where we build stuff.

Identity Management for the Cloud

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I spent 2 years of my life working as an Identity Management (IdM) consultant a long time ago, when clouds were related to weather and SAAS sounded like the Scandinavian Airlines. The environment changed an now more and more companies are moving to the cloud relying on applications living outside their firewalls, but there’s something that didn’t change: The need to provision user accounts. This is the main reason why I will like to spend some of my free time the next months trying to build an IdM solution for the cloud on the cloud.

Cloud APIs and the new spaghetti factory

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With the explosion of APIs (funny that we have started using the term APIs instead of web services) what have created a monster integration challenge that I talked about in a previous post about cloud silos. However, to get an idea of how this challenge will manifest itself I thought it would be interesting to take a look at some statistics.

API Growth

Programmable web is a great resource for tracking APIs and mashups and has become the defacto registry for web APIs.

Take a ride in the CLI with Mule Jockey

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How many web sites/web services have you wished you could just interact with over the command line? Sometimes, you just want to type commands in your shell. I can name at least 3 of our products which I’ve wished I could do that with: iON, MMC, and Tcat.

There are some challenges though. Bash/BAT file scripts don’t provide facilities to interact with web services. Then, if you go with a cross platform language, 

Introducing integration PaaS (iPaaS)

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This isn’t an industry that needs more acronyms but there is no stopping the cloud *aaS rocket ship so its better to clearly define new categories that get created as we fly towards the clouds. Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) is a new type of service tailored specifically for integration applications. The term ‘PaaS’ is a layer of cloud software that deals with the platform for building applications (if you are not familiar with PaaS take a look at my previous post).

Groundhog Day: Cloud Silos

February 10 2011

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There is no denying it, the cloud is having a massive impact on all our lives. In the enterprise many of the applications that we to host in our own data centers now live in the cloud.  We are a fairly typical company in terms of our IT, we don’t host any business software in house. We use Google Apps, Salesforce, Intaact, Marketo, and more. We do it because it is convenient,