Anypoint Platform configuration is a key challenge for any MuleSoft Solution Architect.
Any client, small or large, would have multiple lines of Business or Business Units. They might be grouped within centralized or decentralized teams or even run single or multiple projects at any given time.
MuleSoft has the concept of Business Groups. These align with lines of business for segregation in the Control Plane.
It also has the concept of environments to segregate in the Control Plane to align with different environments.
This ring-fencing in terms of either business group or environment provides certain controls for segregation requirements.
The agenda behind this article is trying to identify the boundary conditions platform architects and decision-makers need to be aware of to make a more informed choice while planning to use business groups or environment combinations.
Limits on Number of Business Groups
As of March 2021, AnyPoint Platform has a hard limit on the number of business groups a registered account can create.
This hard limit is on the total number of business groups created with the AnyPoint platform account.
These business groups can be hierarchically structured or flat. Every business group counts in the total number.
This limit is 100 and excludes the top-level business groups that gets created by default while onboarding on AnyPoint platform.
A(1) -> B(2),C(3),D(4) = total 4
A(1)-> B(2),C(3),D(4) B(2)->E(5),F(6),G(7) D(4)->H(8) = total 8
Limits on Number of Environments per Business Group
As of March 2021, Anypoint Platform has a hard limit on the number of environments that are allowed to be created per business group.
This hard limit is on the total number of environments. Also this is per business group.
There is no concept of hierarchy in environments in a business group.
A(150) -> B(150),C(150),D(150) = 150 environments in each business group
What is the Overall limit?
The overall number of Business groups allowed for a single registration with Mulesoft is 100, including the parent level Organization.
Overall, the number of environments that can be created to hit the boundary conditions are 101 X 150 = 1650 environments
Will, you hit this Limit?
It is highly unlikely one might hit this limit during implementation.
Who can hit this limit?
Large organizations that have global footprints and many independent teams, with large numbers of parallel projects in progress, might hit these limits.
How to Plan?
If you are a large organization that may encounter such limits, the following scenarios may present themselves
- Using environments to only segregate projects in large organizations
- Using Business groups to only segregate projects
It may help to rework your approach in terms of segregation. This way you will evaluate the possibility of hitting these business groups or environmental limits.
You may have a scenario where you might hit these boundary conditions of a business group and environment.
It is highly recommended to use the combination strategy to blend business groups and environment in such cases.
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