What a Tomcat Did to the Mule

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One of the most powerful features of open source is the ability to draw on pre-existing code or even projects. This avoids the proverbial re-invention of the wheel that has plagued traditional software houses (just how many times do people need to write a word processor from scratch?)

It also means that open source startups can build on other free software projects to beef up their product portfolios in a rapid and low-cost fashion.

Here's another good example of this dynamic at work from the company behind the Mule ESB (enterprise service bus):

Tcat Server is a fully supported web application server, based on Apache Tomcat. It was created to help IT administrators and operations professionals save time and money managing their mission-critical business applications. The server’s enterprise-class functionality allows IT teams to migrate from heavyweight legacy platforms — such as Oracle WebLogic or IBM WebSphere — to the lightweight open source option, Tomcat.

Features for the new product, accessible via Tcat Server’s administration console, include:

Application provisioning – deploy applications to server instances and groups with minimal risk and downtime.

Server group administration – manage multiple instances of Tomcat from a centralized location, eliminating tedious, error-prone manual work.

Performance monitoring and diagnostics – analyze Tomcat applications, and pinpoint the root-cause of trouble for faster resolutions.

So Apache's Tomcat becomes a Tcat, from the company MuleSoft, formerly known as MuleSource:

With Mule ESB, which is, I’m proud to say, by far the most widely deployed open source integration platform, we have earned a reputation as the company that combines simplicity with enterprise class features and power.

All the same, we’re evolving – with the addition of MuleSoft Tcat Server, we are now able to offer our customers the perfect pairing of lightweight middleware — the leading open source integration platform in Mule ESB, matched with the wildly popular web application server, Tomcat.

So that’s what the name change is all about. We’ll continue our mission to provide the simplest solutions possible to IT organizations’ toughest problems. And our new name, MuleSoft, conveys our broadening product portfolio and technological leadership.

An interesting case of a mule changing its spots because of a tomcat, it seems.

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