The winter 2015 release of the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform announced today adds support for connectors to the Salesforce Analytics Cloud, Sumo Logic log management service and SAP HANA environments, in addition to making SnapReduce 2.0 and Hadooplex available as add-on options to the cloud integration service.
This latest release also adds support for JSON Parser and Formatter Snaps, runtime statistics within the design environment and encryption. It gives developers the ability to test and roll back pipelines before and after they are put into production and then dynamically turn them into Snap patterns that anyone can manage after they have been deployed in production. The SnapReduce and Hadooplex options let developers automatically generate MapReduce jobs.
Craig Stewart, senior director of product management for SnapLogic, says that rather than force every integration to be processed in the cloud, the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform is designed to give developers the choice of processing integration on premises or in the cloud. For different classes of applications, the integration requirements are not all the same. SnapLogic gives developers the option of executing the integration that needs to take place anywhere they see fit based on either performance requirements or security concerns.
Given the fact that hybrid cloud computing is likely to be the dominant form of cloud computing for the foreseeable future, Stewart contends that developers need as much flexibility when it comes to integration as possible. After all, once data begins to be created on a particular platform the laws of data gravity state it’s unlikely that data is going to be moved anywhere else, he notes.
Finally, Stewart notes that organizations will need to be able to support the efforts of “citizen integrators” using a framework that allows them to manipulate data at a higher level of abstraction, while enabling professional developers to create more complex integrated pipelines. It remains to be seen just how many citizen integrators will eventually emerge, but there’s no doubt that collaboration between citizen integrators and professional developers is about to become the new normal.
In the meantime, there is clearly no shortage of integration options available to developers. The primary issue going forward may not necessarily be the ability to execute an integration, but rather being prepared for any number of unforeseen use cases that might require an integration to execute in one part of the enterprise one day and then somewhere else the next.