We’ve recently talked about the 5 different signs that you need a better cloud integration strategy, including struggles with the integrator’s dilemma, swivel chair integration and considerations about going back to on-prem due to diminishing SaaS returns. As a solution to finding an integration platform to satisfy the 5 signs we’ve talked about, we’ve also come up with some key features and functionality of the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform that you should know about, including its ability to handle both structured and unstructured data, going beyond point-to-point integration, functionality in hybrid integration use cases and the ability to scale out elastically. Read on for how these different features can help you jumpstart a new and improved cloud integration strategy:
- It’s built to handle structured and unstructured data – our support for documents allows our Snap endpoints to directly consume hierarchical data in native format and send it on to downstream Snaps in a pipeline. There is also no requirement to flatten data into records or turn a JSON document in a string or BLOB type.
- It’s built to handle streaming and batch app and data integration requirements - as Loraine Lawson has said in reference to our article Why Buses Don’t Fly in the Cloud: Thoughts on ESBs, putting a JSON format on a traditional, XML-based ESB is like making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.
- It goes beyond point-to-point integration – in this chalk talk we talk about the challenges of point-to-point cloud integration and outline the benefits of an elastic integration platform (more on that below). SnapLogic operates on a hub and spoke integration architecture, enabling customers to incrementally integrate more complex apps both in the cloud and on-premises at a much lower cost than traditional integration and without re-work or manual coding.
- It’s built for hybrid integration use cases – as SaaS adoption increases and gains greater acceptance in IT organizations, enterprises require modern integration processes that offer multiple solutions for different scenarios. These scenarios are: cloud to cloud, cloud to ground, ground to ground and hybrid (cloud to cloud and ground).
- It’s a multi-tenant, software-defined cloud service – the primary concept of software-defined networking (SDN) is “the decoupling of the system that makes decisions about where traffic is sent (the control plane) from the underlying systems that forward traffic to the selected destination (the data plane). The SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform is architected on these SDN concept; the “control plane” controls where and how data is process based on user configuration and preferences, while the “data plane” (aka the Snaplex) does that actual processing of data as per instructions received from the control place. You can learn more about our software-defined integration here.
- It’s built to scale out elastically – one of the requirements of a modern iPaaS is elastic scale capabilities, and SnapLogic has built-in smarts to automatically scale the Snaplex out and in to handlevariable traffic loads.
- The UX is designed for citizen integrators - our Summer 2014 release refines and improves the HTML5, cloud-based user interface for both advanced users and “citizen integrators” who require maximum ease of use and self-service. As our UX team says about designing the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform, “it wasn’t enough to simply round the corners of an icon – we needed to rethink and rebuild the technology.”
For more on the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform, check out the slides below, and read a recent roundup of our top 5 elastic iPaaS architecture posts.
Last week the SnapLogic team was in New York for the AWS Summit. It was a fantastic event, with amazing energy. For me the words that came up over and over with people I spoke with at the booth were:
- …and Crowded (it was a record turnout!)
Not surprisingly, we spent most of our time talking to AWS customers, partners and prospects about everything related to data, data and application integration, data warehousing and cloud analytics. I found that when people saw some of the logos on our sign (see above) of vendors for whom we also deliver pre-built connectivity, called Snaps, the conversations deepened. I’ve compiled a Storify summary of some of the highlights from the keynote, tweets featuring Amazon Redshift, which is the fastest-growing new product line in the company’s history, and of course the perspective from the SnapLogic booth, which was packed throughout the day. I’ve embedded it below:
Thanks to the AWS team for a great event! Here are some additional resources on how SnapLogic powers AWS Redshift:
“A unified approach to connecting growing data volumes, types and sources as well as new and legacy business applications and proliferating APIs is essential to becoming a truly elastic enterprise. SnapLogic Summer 2014 is our most significant upgrade to date, introducing cloud platform, end-user and developer innovations that will enable our customers to get more value from all of their data, regardless of where it resides.” – Gaurav Dhillon, co-founder and CEO of SnapLogic
Today we’re excited to announce our biggest release yet for powering the elastic enterprise with a unified integration platform to connect big data sources, cloud and legacy applications and APIs. The Summer 2014 release addresses two primary challenges faced by modern IT organizations: enterprise application portfolio “cloudification” and dealing with data gravity, as more and more business data resides off premises. As Gaurav mentions in his quote above, a primary goal of this release is to ensure that our customers can access and connect any and all data no matter what systems or applications it resides in, and whether it’s in the cloud or behind a company’s firewall.
The SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform Summer 2014 release includes the following features (more details on our What’s New page here):
- New dashboards and insights for deeper and broader operational telemetry
- User interface innovations and self-learning for advanced users and “citizen integrators”
- SAML 2.0 single sign on (SSO) support for user management and authentication
- SnapReduce 2.0 to connect the SnapLogic iPaaS to on-premises and cloud-based Hadoop clusters for big data processing
- 20+ new and updated Snaps for all customers
- A new Snap development community for java developers
This release is an important one – as Carl Lehmann, research manager at 451 Research noted:
“Cloud integration is just getting started for many end-user enterprises, so the market for data and application integration across hybrid and multi-cloud architectures will be strong. SnapLogic is poised to capture some attention among big-data analytics buyers. Its design UI and tooling are attracting integration developers, and its time to value and flexibility to alter and change integration patterns are appealing to top-level IT executives.”
So what’s next? We’ll be talking more about the new challenges in enterprise IT – and a unified iPaaS as a solution – in our upcoming webinar, and you can read more in today’s press release or on our What’s New page.
Over the last few months we’ve written a lot about the architecture of SnapLogic’s new elastic integration platform as a service (iPaaS). In 2010, the company recognized that in order to be able to meet the changing application and data integration requirements of the Social, Mobile, Analytics (Big Data), Cloud and the Internet of Things (SMACT) era, a new platform would be required. A few of the organizing principles that went in to the building of the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform included:
- It had to be able to handle structured and unstructured data;
- It had to be built for data and API streaming, but also have the ability to handle batch data integration requirements;
- It had to go beyond point-to-point integration and deliver cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground orchestration;
- It had to be built for hybrid integration use cases, with a software-defined architecture;
- It had to be delivered as a multi-tenant cloud service;
- It had to be able to scale out to take advantage of cloud and big data infrastructures;
- And finally, it had to have a user experience designed for “citizen integrators” without sacrificing power, performance and the ability to handle complex, multi-point data and application integration use cases.
Here are the top 5 posts we’re written in the past few months (based on blog traffic) that will help you better understand the architecture of the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform, what we value, and why we believe heritage matters when it comes to cloud integration. (Not surprisingly, 3 of the 5 were authored by our Chief Scientist, Greg Benson.)
- Technical Advantages of JSON-centric iPaaS
- Managing Errors in an iPaaS
- Reliability in the SnapLogic iPaaS
- Talking Cloud Integration @ iRobot
- What to Look for in a Modern Integration Platform
We’re glad you find this information useful. You can also download this technical whitepaper for a deeper dive on the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform.
Be sure to subscribe to our blog to receive email updates for new posts, and get ready for some exciting news about the SnapLogic Summer 2014 release that we’ll be announcing tomorrow. It’s going to be our most significant release so far!
If you’re attending this Thursday’s AWS Summit in New York and are interested in data warehousing and data integration, come say hi to the SnapLogic team! You can find us at booth #332 where we’ll be talking Redshift integration in the elastic enterprise (and how you can get started with our free trial for Amazon Redshift). We’ll also be showing demonsrations of the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform in action.
For those not as familiar with Amazon Redshift, it is a fast, fully managed petabyte-scale data warehouse service offered at one tenth the price of most traditional warehouse solutions. SnapLogic’s Amazon Redshift integration solution enables customers to transfer data into and out of Amazon Redshift – also at a fraction of the cost of traditional solutions. With SnapLogic, data can be moved at any latency (batch, streamed, or via event-based real-time triggers) to meet the requirements of a diverse set of users. Additionally, SnapLogic offers pre-built connectors, called Snaps, to over 160+ different data sources including on-premises applications like traditional ERP and financial applications to social media, mobile and machine data. The goal is to easily and rapidly extract data from its various sources and formats and load it into Amazon Redshift and keep data synchronized with other systems at a significant cost savings for the customer.
We also offer Snap Patterns for Amazon Redshift, allowing organizations to rapidly load and synchronize data from sources such as Oracle, MySQL, SQL Server and PostgreSQL directly into Redshift. The Redshift Snap Patterns are ideal for organizations considering Redshift as a low-cost, faster alternative to traditional data warehousing, and include:
- Data Loading: Accelerate the initial data load or refresh.
- Periodic Data Sync: Determine the frequency of delta data synchronization.
- Data Aggregation: Bring data together from multiple sources for the purposes of cloud data warehousing.
- Slowly Changing Dimension Type 2 (SCD2): Handle powerful transformation tasks with a few clicks.
Full AWS Summit event registration is closed but you can register for the Keynote Live Stream here to tune in. And here are a few options if you can’t make it, but want to see the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform in action:
For a general AWS Redshift and SnapLogic overview as well as best practices from our partner Cervello, I’ve embedded the slides from a recent webinar we hosted below. See you in NYC!
Last week we were part of an online event called Cloud-Con: Integration & Web APIs, hosted by Integration Developer News. SnapLogic VP of Marketing Darren Cunningham was on a panel of expert speakers to talk about cloud integration and introduce the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform. The session covered the following topics (check out the recording here):
- Adoption trends for iPaaS in the enterprise
- The question of “cloudification” – figuring out which apps to move to the cloud and when
- The importance of “data gravity“ and whether or not a company’s data will reside behind the firewall or in the cloud
- New enterprise integration challenges including big data access and analytics, disconnected SaaS silos and API proliferation
- Speed as the #1 business driver for a cloud integration platform
- How traditional integration approaches can’t keep up – legacy EAI is not build for the web and is code-intensive; legacy ETL is built only for rows and columns and struggles with real-time (the “Integrator’s Dilemma“)
- Legacy Integration (rows and columns, have to choose between batch or real-time, behind the firewall) vs. Elastic Integration (any data type, any time, any scale, any location, any device)
If you don’t have time to watch the full recording, check out the slides below that cover the major points from last week’s discussion. You can also see a quick demo of the SnapLogic elastic iPaaS in action – our latest and greatest look at the product – or contact us to set up a live demo and discuss how we can help with data and application integration as you move more and more systems to the cloud.
We’re excited to announce the latest development for the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform – our new iOS mobile app now available on the App Store. By making elastic integration mobile, SnapLogic users can now monitor and manage their integration workflows anywhere from an iPhone or iPad. With the SnapLogic mobile app, you can:
- Kick off any pipeline you have access to
- Modify pipeline parameters if needed
- Monitor the status of your pipelines
- Email error reports to SnapLogic Support
The mobile app was created after recognizing the need for a mobile solution to make the SnapLogic Integration Platform an even faster and easier integration tool to use. As our CEO and founder Gaurav Dhillon puts it: “Modern IT organizations demand modern integration technologies, and SnapLogic is laser-focused on supplying the fastest and most flexible integration platform as a service in the market. By bringing mobility to our Elastic Integration Platform, we are enabling our customers to monitor and manage their mission critical application and data integration how and where it is most effective.”
Check out the SnapLogic mobile app on the App Store today, or read more details here. To use the app you must have have a SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform subscription as the app runs existing pipelines on the platform. To get started with your application and data integration needs, request a demo today!