In an age of RESTful APIs SnapLogic is calling for a new Integration playbooks that has been specifically designed for cloud computing environments. The company today unveiled a SnapLogic Integration Cloud that consists of over 160 pre-built connectors that leverage RESTful APIs in the cloud. As a Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environment capable of being deployed on a public or private clouds, Maneesh Joshi, director of product marketing for SnapLogic, says a new era of integration driven by APIs is making it cost effective for SnapLogic to pre-build connectors that can be now much more simply deployed on a multitenant version of the company’s Snaplex middleware platform.
Rather than forcing customers to implement expensive middleware frameworks, Joshi says the SnapLogic Integration Cloud is designed to give organizations all the benefits of multi-point integration as needed. Most organizations only need to integrate a limited set of applications. The SnapLogic Integration Cloud allows them to leverage pre-built connectors to integrate most popular enterprise applications, while also allowing them to build their own connectors to integrate custom applications via a Java-based software development kit ( SDK).
Beyond making SnapLogic more accessible via the cloud, Joshi says customers will be able to more easily build complex workflows using tools that also make it easier for other developers to re-use those workflows.
In addition, the SnapLogic Integration Cloud provides facilities that make it easier to track parent relationships between various components, which Joshi notes is critical for meeting compliance requirements within enterprise IT deployments. SnapLogic has also deployed an instance of SnapLogic Integration Cloud that organizations can use to create a multi-zone cloud using Amazon Web Services for the purpose of disaster and recovery management.
Ultimately, Joshi says SnapLogic is trying to resolve what he describes as the modern integrator’s dilemma, which stems from the fact that they never know what application needs to integrate when and under what circumstances. By deploying middleware in the cloud using RESTful APIs, Joshi says organizations regain control over integration at a time when packaged applications are rapidly giving way to software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications that need to be integrated often in a matter of hours.
While it’s clear the rise of cloud computing offers a lot of potential for advancing the cause of integration, the degree to which organizations will embrace integration in the cloud will vary. But over time there is likely to be lot more integration happening in the cloud than out.