Open-source Middleware Solutions For IoT Applications

Posted By : Anirudh Bhardwaj | February 1, 2021

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The market for IoT application development is rapidly growing as more devices are being connected to the internet. As of today, there are billions of connected devices that generate data in trillions of bytes every day. According to Gartner, the number of connected devices worldwide is expected to reach 25 billion by the end of 2021. Similarly, Statistica claims that this number is projected to reach 75 billion worldwide by 2025. Above all, the tremendous increase in IoT adoption across all major industries is quite apparent. That being said, several industries require middleware software solutions to adequately align their business operations in integration with IoT applications. 


With the increasing number of IoT devices in enterprises, there needs to be a heterogeneous device management system to efficiently run business operations with more productivity. This is because most of the IoT applications are heterogenous and domain-specific. That said, middleware software solutions enable enterprises to securely interconnect their disparate software components and enterprise systems. It helps them move past the intricacies of running heterogeneous IoT applications in perfect sync with the core business processes. 

In this blog post, we shed some light on the three most effective open-source software platforms for developing middleware software solutions. 


Also read Developing Middleware Solutions To Overcome IoT Challenges


Open-source Middleware Software Solutions

Open-source middleware application development tools are free to use and thus, they significantly reduce the overall project costs. Many of these platforms are used by a large number of small-to-medium enterprises as well as fortune 500 companies. Below are some examples of the most sought-after open-source middleware platforms that are also effective at building IoT middleware software solutions. 


#1 Talend 

Talend, a market leader in cloud data integration, provides open-source middleware software solutions for enterprises to strengthen their software infrastructure. Talend’s middleware application development platform enables enterprises to bridge the gap between disparate software components and heterogeneous enterprise IoT applications. Besides, it renders complete support to address a wide range of data integration and implementation requirements through middleware application development. 


Talend provides a unified software application suite that provides dedicated tools for diverse middleware project requirements. Other features include built-in data quality and data governance capabilities. Most importantly, developers don’t need additional tools or switch between different software environments since they have all the required tools at their disposal. 


#2 Apache Camel

Apache Camel is a Java-based software integration framework that provides message-oriented middleware software solutions for varied business needs. It is an open-source framework with a rule-based routing and mediation engine that enables developers to implement enterprise integration patterns using custom APIs. In doing so, they can easily configure the given routing and mediation rules. Apache Camel supports several functions including Bean Binding (for Java objects) and JavaBeans. As a result, it makes it easy for developers to integrate many heterogeneous applications regardless of their software model or underlying technologies. 


Apache Camel is quite often used with several other software platforms like Apache ServiceMix, Apache CXF, and Apache ActiveMQ to address different project requirements. 


#3 MuleSoft ESB

Mule ESB (enterprise service bus) is an open-source software platform that incorporates Java-based programming for middleware application development. It is a lightweight integration platform by MuleSoft Inc. that enables developers to interconnect various applications, software components, and distributed systems regardless of their heterogeneity. Mule ESB is effective at handling a diverse range of applications built on top of the technologies like HTTP, JMS, JDBC, web services, and many others. Developers can deploy the ESB anywhere to integrate or orchestrate various events in several batches. Mule ESB offers universal connectivity and can also be deployed in real-time for software integration and orchestration. 


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Closing Remarks

The aforementioned tools are good alternatives to software platforms like Azure Service Bus (ASB) and IBM App Connect. Due to the open-source nature, these tools are best suited for small-to-medium enterprises that don’t want to overspend on their middleware project. Besides, these tools give them increased flexibility to securely interconnect distributed systems and gain better control over their IoT devices. However, selecting the right IoT middleware solution is equally important to smoothly run enterprise operations with minimal discrepancies. 


Why Choose Oodles ERP To Develop Middleware Software Solutions?

We, at Oodles ERP, provide end-to-end middleware application development services to solve complex business problems by accurately interconnecting diverse enterprise applications and distributed systems. We use open-source middleware platforms like Apache Camel and MuleSoft ESB to develop high-quality middleware solutions to overcome cross-industry enterprise challenges. Our middleware software development services include:


– Message-oriented middleware development

– Database-oriented middleware development

– Transactional middleware development

– Service-based middleware development

– Business intelligence middleware development


For more information, visit or drop us an email at [email protected]

About Author

Anirudh Bhardwaj

He is a technology enthusiast with 3+ years of experience in producing insightful content on projects related to next-gen technologies like AI, Blockchain, ERP, OTT, Cloud, Big Data, AR/VR, IoT, and more.

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