MuleSoft, formerly known as MuleSource, is set to make a play in the Apache Tomcat Java application server marketplace with the launch of its Tcat server.

With Tcat, the company will compete with other Tomcat-based products such as the JBoss Application Server and SpringSource tc Server, as well as with legacy platforms including Oracle WebLogic and IBM WebSphere, MuleSoft said. Tcat is intended to help IT administrators and operations professionals more easily manage mission-critical business applications.

"People are looking for more enterprise-class functionality," said Greg Schott, MuleSoft CEO. In an early private beta programme, Tcat has been used in applications such as retail, banking, and government.

Key capabilities and product differentiators include application provisioning, for deploying applications to server instances and groups with minimal risk and downtime; server group administration, for managing multiple instances of Tomcat from a central location; and performance monitoring and diagnostics, for analysis of applications and finding root causes of trouble, MuleSoft said.

More than 54 percent of Mule ESB users run it in or alongside a Tomcat environment, the company said.

MuleSoft offers support services for Tcat Server and Tomcat. The product is heading into a public beta phase, with general availability planned for early October. Annual subscriptions for Tcat will cost from $500(£307) to $2,000(£1228) per CPU depending on service levels.