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MuleSoft Deployment Options: Which One is The Best for You?

So you’ve decided that MuleSoft is the right platform for your business’s data integration needs. Enterprise application integration will have a range of benefits: from busting open data silos to improving accessibility to data and increasing agility as well as flexibility. However, one question remains. Out of all the different MuleSoft deployment options, which is the right one for your organization?

 

A business cannot and should not pick any option and hope that it works for the best. Instead, you  should carefully check your needs and IT infrastructure of your business and work your way from there. This write-up will help you decide which deployment method is the appropriate fit for your business needs.

 

Different MuleSoft Deployment Options and What They Mean

Whenever you run an app in Anypoint Studio, the app deploys to an embedded test server in there. But this server is not supposed to be used for production deployment and also uptime restrictions apply. Because of this, one can deploy the Mule app with one of the deployment alternatives supported by the Anypoint Runtime Manager.Every time you launch an app in Anypoint Studio, it deploys to a built-in test server. Nevertheless, there are constraints on uptime and this server is not meant to be used for production deployment. As a result, the Mule app can be deployed using one of the options provided by the Anypoint Runtime Manager.

You have the following deployment options at your disposal:

  • CloudHub
  • Anypoint Platform Private Cloud Edition (On-premises)
  • Anypoint Runtime Fabric
  • Hybrid

Here’s how each one works:

CloudHub

Anypoint Platform Private Cloud (On-premises)

Anypoint Runtime Fabric

Hybrid

The app is deployed from the Anypoint Platform Runtime Manager cloud console and hosted on CloudHub.

The apps are deployed from an on-premises Runtime Manager instance offered with Anypoint Platform PCE and hosted on your Mule servers.

Your apps will be deployed from the Anypoint Platform Runtime Manager cloud console and hosted on Anypoint Runtime Fabric.

The apps are deployed from the Anypoint Platform Runtime Manager cloud console and hosted on your Mule servers.

Selecting the Right Deployment Option for Your Apps

This is easier than you think. The first step is to figure out what kind of infrastructure and solutions you want. Are you looking for a completely cloud-based infrastructure, an on-premise one, or something that’s a combination of the two?

 

  • In situations where data is meant to remain on-premises things will be pretty straightforward. Choosing on-prem infrastructure with Anypoint Platform Private Cloud deployment is the best way forward.

If you want to move your data from on-premises then take a minute to analyze your business. Is it a start-up or an already established enterprise?

 

  • If your business is a start-up, then cloud infrastructure and solutions are the best way to go. You will be better off using CloudHub for deployments. It will allow you to get your operations started right away without the need for a large infrastructure team to set up the servers.

And if you are an already established enterprise then you will have to sound out a few more aspects before coming to a decision. Do you want to migrate to the cloud, and if so do you plan on migrating all at once or step-by-step? 

 

  • If you want to migrate gradually (which is easier and more doable), the most suitable option is a more hybrid infrastructure. In such a case using a hybrid deployment option will be the best idea.

The following factors are also important and need to be taken into consideration. The Mule On-Premise environment is ideal for businesses that are highly regulated, with a more rigid structure and predictability.

 

On the other hand, CloudHub is more suited for organizations where data is constantly transmitted back and forth for countless transactions. It does, however, have a few drawbacks: not being able to access local file systems, as well as a couple of limitations when using object stores.

Meanwhile, deploying on Anypoint Runtime Fabric enables teams to utilize useful capabilities like reliable isolation between applications, scaling, no downtime during application deployments, and reduced time when using out-of-the-box components. It plugs the gap between different clouds and on-premises resources which enables businesses to meet changing business requirements and outcomes more quickly and efficiently. Because of this, there is a noticeable and effective rise in agility and overall dynamism in the organization.

 

Wrapping Up

By now, you understand why the right deployment architecture to run your network of Mule applications is so important, and hopefully, this article will give you some insight into all the things you need to think through when selecting the right model for your business. With PlektonLabs, once you zero in on the suitable MuleSoft deployment options for your business needs, you’ll find that you can reap the benefits of integration and digital transformation much more easily. 

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