After adding support for RESTful APIs to the SnapLogic Integration Cloud late last year, SnapLogic is making the next logical step by including API management capabilities within the cloud service.
Maneesh Joshi, director of product marketing for SnapLogic, says that the spring release of the SnapLogic Integration Cloud adds built-in API metering and management along with new monitoring dashboards, dubbed Snaplexes, for administrators.
That monitoring capability, adds Joshi, is enabled by the fact that every internal process moving through the SnapLogic Integration Cloud makes use of a JSON format that makes it simpler for SnapLogic to make available additional data management services on its cloud.
Snaplexes, meanwhile, allow administrators to provide access control to all system assets, including Pipelines, Files, Accounts, and Tasks; manage access to those assets through groups; and delegate authority to departmental projects while retaining central governance and control over integration projects.
Other new features include support for automatic schema creation, Slowly Changing Dimensions (SCDs) Type 2, enhanced database lookups for Amazon Redshift, SmartLinking, and other improvements to field mapping, as well as the ability to generate files that are compatible with data visualization tools from Tableau Software.
In addition, with this release, SnapLogic has added additional Snap connectors for Amazon Redshift, Box, Facebook, Foursquare, OpenAir, Trillium, and Twitter. SnapLogic has also enhanced functionality for Salesforce.com, Flurry, Microsoft Excel, Dynamics AX, and SQL Server connectors.
Joshi says the ultimate goal of the SnapLogic Integration Cloud, which runs on Amazon Web Services (AWS), is to roll up all integration-related activities under one common cloud service. Rather than requiring organizations to stitch these services together in and out of the cloud, Joshi says the SnapLogic Integration Cloud provides a single Platform through which both emerging technologies such as RESTful APIs can be managed alongside, for example, more traditional Web Services integration frameworks.
Because SnapLogic Integration Cloud runs on AWS, Joshi adds that developers don’t have to worry about the need to dynamically scale up available compute resources if a particular service becomes unexpectedly popular. Just as important, Joshi notes, is that those compute resources can now be constrained or scaled down as circumstances warrant.
As integration becomes a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) in the cloud in its own right, it’s clear that more functionality is going to migrate into cloud platforms -- not only ones such as SnapLogic Integration Cloud, but a whole other range of cloud integration services that ultimately will redefine the relationship between applications both inside and outside the cloud.