Talend Acquires API Design, Testing Provider Restlet

Acquisition of France-based company is designed to streamline how companies share, govern and monetize data in addition to finding other income opportunities.

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Talend, a provider of big data and cloud integration software, revealed Nov. 9 that it is acquiring all outstanding shares of Restlet SAS, a cloud-based, open source API design and testing platform. Terms of the transaction were not released.

Nantes, France-based Restlet uses the cloud to provide API design, documentation, testing and hosting capabilities to developers. Talend said that Restlet’s technology will complement its own data fabric ability to integrate, transform, govern and share enterprise data by making it easier for customers to take an API-first design approach to monetizing and securely sharing information in real time with clients and business partners.

“We see several of our customers investing in building cloud data lakes, but there aren’t many solutions that can help transform and share data in the lake with external applications,” Talend Senior Vice-President of Products Ciaran Dynes said. “Current API solutions tend to focus exclusively on app-to-app connectivity versus the transforming, governing and sharing data.

“The addition of Restlet will extend our data integration platform with API capabilities so customers can share data more pervasively and optimize performance across their entire value chain.”

In addition to helping streamline data sharing, Restlet’s API technology lends itself to creating new opportunities for Talend customers to monetize their data, Dynes said.

For example, farmers or fertilizer manufacturers that collect agricultural data can sell that information to commodities traders who would use it to inform investment decisions. Talend believes that increasing data volumes and the use of data lakes will help fuel interest in data monetization across a range of industries, Dynes said.

The Restlet API platform will initially be deployed as part of Talend Integration Cloud. The combined solution will also include new support for open source projects such as Swagger and RAML.

The combined solution will be compatible with third-party API gateways, such as Google Apigee. Later, more of Restlet’s capabilities will be incorporated into the broader Talend Data Fabric integration platform, Dynes said.

“A growing number of integration projects follow an API-First strategy, starting from the consumer needs back to the assets available in the data lake rather than the other way around,” said Jérôme Louvel, founder, board member and former CTO of Restlet. “APIs and data are two sides of the same coin in integration initiatives.”

Louvel will join Redwood City, Calif.-based Talend along with his 16-member team based in Nantes, France. Further information on Talend and its complete portfolio of cloud and big data integration solutions can be found here.

For more details on Restlet’s API cloud platform and open source API framework for the Java platform, go here.  

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