Middleware market – revisited


Its been close to 3 years now, after publishing the first article on open source middleware market.

Actually its just 3 years, so much has happened and trend is now totally different. I am thinking, should we still call them ‘middleware market’.

RedHat acquiring Fusesource, Mulesoft announcing Anypoint platform are some of the key changes to be noted. Especially the term ‘API’ has kind of diluted the terms SOA & ESB. Ofcourse Mulesoft and WSO2 are the key open source API players to mention here.

Generally speaking, I feel the philosophy of micro services is felt in the market as well. I started this group in linkedIn called as ‘Open Source Middleware’ close to 4 years ago, just because I was able to group products like Fuse ESB, Mule ESB, WSO2, Talend ESB, Open ESB, Ultra ESB’s under a single umbrella called ‘Middleware’. Well yes they were clearly ESB’s. Look at these products(the companies actually) now and the kind of solutions they provide. They are diversified and also unique to themselves.

They do have some commonalities though – Cloud offering, Integration capabilities(ofcourse), Services & Support.

What I have done here is, again with the help of google and some popular communities I have just analysed the keywords. Because of one good reason: Open source is because of people, the contributors & users. So of course the activity found in google(internet generally) are reflections of what people do with these products. (You can also go back to the old article to watch the current trend using the existing links)

Having said about the changes we have seen in past 3 years, we just don’t have straight forward products in hand to compare directly. So the following graphs show how some of these products have evolved.

The following graph reflects:




2. Mulesoft and some of their products/solutions:



The graph shows clearly everything, announcement of Anypoint platform, Cloud Hub & the spiky growth of Mulesoft. Also looks like people straight away use the keyword Mulesoft rather than Mule ESB :)


3. WSO2 & related products:

Well it clearly shows the growth of WSO2 and its clear branding !




Lets go to the interesting part of the story, a graph which compares the top keywords from the graphs above ( I have added JBoss Fuse as well, as it tops as a product by itself )

One thing is very clear from what is seen here – there are 3 major players in open source integration and all of them are showing strong growth :)

Popular open source integration products

Popular open source integration products



Most of them have their own mailing list & forums, regardless the following snapshots show how they are looking in stackoverflow tags.

1. Apache Camel

Apache Camel - StackOverFlow

Apache Camel – StackOverFlow

2. Mule

Mule - StackOverFlow

Mule – StackOverFlow

3. WSO2

WSO2 StackOverFlow

WSO2 StackOverFlow

Gnanaguru Sattanathan

Gnanaguru Sattanathan

I am a Integration developer and a open source enthusiast. My areas of interest includes Enterprise messaging & SOA. Twitter: @tallguru

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