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Anypoint Visualizer

Anypoint Visualizer displays views of different aspects of an application network graph. You can use the graph to explore your application network and view multiple metrics, including throughput, response time, and errors for each node in your application network. Use cases for Anypoint Visualizer include architectural review and compliance, troubleshooting, and security. Anypoint Visualizer also enables you to view multiple metrics including throughput, response time, and errors for each node within your application network.

Anypoint Visualizer provides a real-time, graphical representation of the APIs, and Mule applications that are running and discoverable. It also displays third-party systems that are invoked by a Mule API, proxy, or application within your application network. The data displayed in the graph is dynamically updated and does not require prior configuration. Additionally, the data displayed is secure, as only users with the proper permissions can view the application network graph.

The following image shows how a typical application network appears in Anypoint Visualizer.

Application Network

The connections between nodes are based on traffic between applications or APIs that occurred in the last seven days. If an application appears in multiple workers, they appear as two distinct nodes in the graph.

Anypoint Visualizer collects data from Mule applications, APIs, and proxies deployed to CloudHub or standalone Mule runtime engines (Mules) to discover all incoming and outgoing connections through an embedded plugin. As long as the application, API, or proxy is running on a supported Mule, it is discovered along with any associated dependencies. See How Anypoint Visualizer Collects Application Data for additional information on how Anypoint Visualizer collects data displayed in the graph.

From Anypoint Visualizer you can customize the view arrange applications in layers, inspect their operational monitoring information, and customize the labels displayed for nodes and connections. See Customize the Canvas for more information.

Use Cases

The following use cases provide examples of how you can use Anypoint Visualizer.

  • Discussing Current Design State: Enterprise architect Kara has developed a plan for how the architecture she’s responsible for will accommodate a new product. She needs to capture its current state so she can plan the transition and get buy-in from stakeholders on her proposal.

  • Implementing API-Led Connectivity: Site reliability engineer Tom is tired of maintaining several separate connections to Salesforce. He wants to identify redundant point-to-point connections so he can come up with requirements for a new process API.

  • Exploring the Application Network: Anypoint Visualizer provides a real-time view of the application network. Architects and product owners can see how the application network evolves, explore the application network to discover and plan how to unlock data and break down siloed systems, while knowing that the visualization is always up-to-date.

  • Define API-Led Connectivity Classifications: Anypoint Visualizer enables you to assign the nodes of the graph into layers. Layers help you quickly determine if the APIs are correctly categorized, and if the architectural principles of API-led connectivity are being followed.

  • Accelerating Time-to-Production: Architect Kara can see how projects are being built from the development environment, throughout testing, staging, and production phases. Kara reviews the architecture as the code is being deployed and raises any concerns to ensure that best practices and agreed-upon architecture are being followed without waiting for the documentation to be generated.

  • Resolving Production Issues Faster: Anypoint Visualizer allows you to understand the behavior of all your APIs together with their dependencies in a single view, which reduces the time needed to pinpoint the root cause of an error or understand the performance impact of a particular API on your clients.

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