How does Utilihive compare to Mulesoft / Anypoint as a data integration platform?

Mulesoft / Anypoint is well suited for organizations that want to build their own enterprise integration platform from the ground up and digitize and automate business operations. Mulesoft / Anypoint is a horizontal platform using open-source MuleESB as its foundation. For clients it means allocating additional resources to manually build, integrate, operate, and manage energy and utility specific integration content such as connectivity with utility applications (i.e. HES, MDM, GIS, CC&B, WMS, etc), data integration processes (i.e. asset synchronization, customer synchronization, meter reading exchange, alarm & event management, etc.) As Mulesoft / Anypoint is purely the enterprise service bus or integration platform providing technical integration capabilities, the client would have to do significant integration work that would deliver domain specific energy and utility use cases being built.

More information on Utilihive

Utilihive is a full-fledged energy data integration platform combining data integration and data lake capabilities (plus an API Gateway to secure data access) into one unified platform and experience. Utilihive is purpose-built for Utilities with pre-built accelerators that accelerate time to value which clients would otherwise have to build and manage themselves.

  1. Utilihive combines data integration / data ingestion capabilities and data lake capabilities into one platform with one unified log analytics and management environment. Compared to Mulesoft / Anypoint, one would have to build a data storage infrastructure in addition meaning that clients would be responsible for building, integrating, and managing Mulesoft with big data storage and log analytics.
  2. Utilihive comes pre-configured with Utilihive Heartbeat, an integrated big energy data log analytics platform. Utilihive Heartbeat provides end-to-end monitoring and management capabilities simplifying business operations in a smart billing, smart metering, or smart grid environments and increasing the quality across all operational activities and processes. Using Mulesoft / Anypoint, clients would have to develop and maintain those “data-ops” tooling support applications themselves.
  3. Utilihive has pre-configured integration with commonly used utility applications including most suppliers offering HES, MDM, CC&B, GIS, Asset Management, SCADA and more. Comparing this to Mulesoft / Anypoint, clients would have to develop and maintain those “connectors” over time. 
  4. Utilihive has preconfigured connectivity with REST, SOAP, sftp, JMS, JDBC, Apache Kafka, Apache Pulsar, mqtt and many other technologies. Utilihive supports both batch style integration and real-time or streaming integration. With Mulesoft / Anypoint, clients would have to build, integrate, and manage an own / additional infrastructure for non-streaming data types.
  5. Utilihive has pre-configured data integration processes orchestrating the messages exchange across the entire smart billing, smart metering or smart grid IT landscape. With Mulesoft / Anypoint, clients would have to build, integrate, and manage all data integration applications.
  6. Utilihive utilizes and incorporates the Common Information Model (CIM) data model, the de-facto standard for the energy sector and utilities ensuring interoperability across systems. Mulesoft / Anypoint requires clients to develop and maintain a utility specific common data model or semantic.
  7. Utilihive exposes managed and therefore secured data services APIs on its built-in API Gateway controlling all access to data. Mulesoft / Anypoint requires clients to take an additional provisioning step in the delivery process to expose APIs on the Mulesoft API Gateway.
  8. Utilihive supports hybrid deployments where data integrations can be operated and distributed between on-premise, private cloud or public cloud. Mulesoft / Anypoint requires clients to implement and maintain this “distributed data integration architecture” themselves.
  9. Utilihive implements the concept of a network of reactive microservices as its integration backbone. With that, Utilihive provides High Availability by Design. Setting up Mulesoft / Anypoint for High Availability requires clients to invest heavily in infrastructure and creates high operational complexity.

In addition, Utilihive comes with energy- and utility specific accelerators. With Mulesoft, the client would have to build and manage those functional capabilities themselves.

More information regarding Utilihive accelerators.

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