InfoSpace Selects Mule ESB to Help Power Search and e-Commerce Businesses

Mule Drives Reduction in Development Times; Powers Over 300 Online Retail, Web Search and Partner Sites
Thursday, February 24, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Feb. 24, 2011 - MuleSoft, the provider of web middleware built on leading open source projects Mule ESB and Apache Tomcat, today announced that InfoSpace Inc. (NASDAQ:INSP), a leader in the Internet search market, has selected Mule ESB as the enterprise service bus to power its online properties, including its next-generation portal architecture, web search sites, partner distribution sites and specialty e-commerce stores under its Mercantila brand. With Mule ESB, InfoSpace engineers will develop business services that can easily be configured and consumed by multiple applications.

“We were impressed with MuleSoft’s highly extensible, open source enterprise services bus and its ability to bridge and integrate our differing platforms simply and efficiently across all of InfoSpace’s properties,” said Travis McElfresh, chief technology officer at InfoSpace, Inc.“Mule ESB offers a technological solution that we trust and allows InfoSpace’s talented team of engineers to focus on further innovation of our search and e-commerce products and services.”

InfoSpace's proprietary metasearch technology combines the top results from several of the largest online search engines, providing fast and comprehensive search results.  MuleSoft’s ESB platform will support  InfoSpace’s properties, which search sites such as  Dogpile®, InfoSpace.com®, MetaCrawler®, WebCrawler®, WebFetch®, and more than 100 distribution partner websites. In addition, the company operates an e-commerce channel that includes a collection of more than 200 specialty retail stores under the Mercantila® brand, and an innovative online search engine optimization tool, WebPosition®.

InfoSpace will first use Mule at Mercantila, its e-commerce subsidiary, where Mule will be deployed in a cloud environment and power integration with InfoSpace’s vendors and other business partners. Over time, Mule is expected to be rolled out across other InfoSpace's businesses —for example, serving as a component of InfoSpace’s private-label portal solution for its ISP partners. As InfoSpace continues to grow and enter new businesses, the team plans to leverage Mule’s powerful features, including its orchestration capabilities and Mule Cloud Connect, for new products and services that the company will offer in the future.

“In many ways, InfoSpace is representative of the next generation of businesses models – creating value by forming a network of partners and integrating their data and services, resulting in something much more than the sum of its parts,” said Mahau Ma, vice president of marketing for MuleSoft. “We were pleased that Mule has proven to be the ideal platform for InfoSpace’s extended business ecosystem and power its portfolio of businesses.” 

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