MuleSoft vs. WSO2 Comparison

Which is the best API Management provider for you?

November 29, 2022

Written by
Louis-Victor Jadavji, Cofounder of Taloflow

Who should you choose and why?

✋ Most important consideration

  • Because it’s part of the Salesforce family, MuleSoft has the advantage when it comes to training and support. However, WSO2 usually has a much better total cost of ownership (TCO) for managing your API lifecycle. 

🤔 Strongly consider MuleSoft over WSO2 if

  • You’re performing API mediation routines like message transformation, protocol conversion, and service call formatting.
  • You need to perform API composition to aggregate the results from multiple backend services.
  • You’re looking for a tool that supports RESTful API Modeling Language (RAML), GraphQL, and OData.

🤔 Strongly consider WSO2 over MuleSoft if

  • You’re planning to expose event-based APIs using async APIs.
  • You want to integrate with tools for identity management.
  • You plan to enforce policies across the APIs and do better policy management.
  • Having a micro gateway for enforcing policies near service endpoints would be useful.

📝Other Notes

  • Both WSO2 and MuleSoft support a bevy of API protocols, but WSO2 provides better support for WSDL and gRPC.
  • MuleSoft has better role-based access control (RBAC) support compared to WSO2.
  • Compared to MuleSoft, WSO2 has better issue management for analyzing exceptions and tracking issues.

Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager

Mulesoft's Anypoint API Manager is a unique offering in the expansive Anypoint Exchange platform. Providing users with the versatility to deploy their APIs across various settings, it allows businesses to adapt to changing needs. The Flex Gateway and DataGraph are additional features that enhance the platform's capabilities. Combining these features with a strong focus on API governance and community management, Anypoint API Manager offers a well-rounded and flexible solution for managing APIs in today's digital landscape.

WSO2 API Manager

WSO2 API Manager is a comprehensive platform designed for building, integrating, and exposing digital services as managed APIs across diverse environments - including cloud, on-premises, and hybrid architectures. This platform stands out due to its industry-specific solutions catering to sectors such as banking, healthcare, government, and telecommunications. Furthermore, WSO2 API Manager Analytics, built on Microsoft Azure, offers detailed insights into API usage, performance, and overall impact, thus enabling effective decision-making and optimization strategies for organizations.

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About the Author

Louis-Victor Jadavji (or "LV") is a recognized leader in the cloud services industry. He's helped 50+ digital native companies like ModusBox, Later, and NS1 choose the right cloud stack for their applications. His work has been featured in Forbes (30 Under 30 All-Star), HuffPost, The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, and Inc. Magazine.

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