Fact: CIOs plan to increase cloud adoption within their IT organizations, but say that it is unlikely that 100% of their IT will be in the cloud any time soon (I’ll talk about that in a future blog post).
Most common data structures for on-premise systems are CSV and XML/SOAP.
How does SnapLogic address these facts?
The Fall ’12 release of the SnapLogic Integration Platform focuses on winning the hearts of CIOs and their enterprise architects. Given that CIOs don?t see their entire operation moving to the cloud any time soon, this release provides high availability and failover for on-premise connectivity.
Imagine your data integration engine in the cloud, with your endpoints spread across cloud and on-premise. For such a configuration, an ordinary cloud integration platform would provide an on-premise agent that connects to systems like SAP, Oracle EBS, etc. The agent transports the data to the cloud where all the data processing happens.
Sounds fine? Let’s look more closely. With this approach, the on-premise agent can potentially be overloaded and fail, leading to a single point of failure for on-premise connectivity. Compare this to SnapLogic’s approach, which now provides an active/active topology for Sidekick (our equivalent of an on-premise agent).
The active/active topology provides multiple Sidekick instances managed by a load balancer which mirror each other. The benefits are that (a) the on-premise connectivity can scale up as needed, and (b) in case a Sidekick instance is unavailable or fails, another Sidekick can pick up the jobs.
Now, to the second fact I mentioned above: when it comes to working with traditional systems, the most common data structure and protocol is XML/SOAP. While SnapLogic has provided several Snaps (application connectors) that are XML/SOAP-based, we now provide a generic SOAP Snap. This new Snap allows users to dynamically generate a Snap for an endpoint that exposes a WSDL. This is particularly exciting for home-grown systems that expose SOAP interfaces.
Improved Administrative UI
Building data pipelines is one thing, but performing administrative tasks for these pipelines is also critical. SnapLogic’s new release provides user management from within its Designer tool. Admins can manage user accounts from a browser-based UI.
And as for maintenance, it’s super easy to shutdown the SnapLogic server. A new smart shutdown command blocks any new jobs from getting started, while it waits for all the active jobs to finish before shutting down all the services. No more accidental job disruptions by the sys admin!
Most likely, servers are shut down to make updates to data pipelines. All sys admins agree that one can never be 100% sure how changes will work out when pushed to production. Our new Snapshot feature captures the state of a SnapLogic instance before any new changes are pushed. If there are undesirable results after the push, the original stable state of the SnapLogic instance can be reverted with a single click.
There’s a lot more to the Fall ’12 release. Over 200 enhancements were made in this release alone! And, by the way, this is 3rd major release of SnapLogic in 2012. Yes, we work hard, and we love building this awesome enterprise cloud integration platform! 🙂
Please contact us to give it a try.
About the author – Zeb Mahmood: I’ve spent 8 years in Master Data Management (MDM) and a couple of years in the cloud integration space. After I joined SnapLogic, I was awestruck as I ramped up on the architecture and the inner workings of our platform. I decided to author a technical white paper on SnapLogic so that our customers, and prospects, can appreciate and leverage SnapLogic’s slick UI and our even slicker server architecture to its fullest. If you’re interested in a copy of the white paper, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.