Dell Grows Software Capabilities with SharePlex, Boomi Upgrades
The new SharePlex release comes a week after Dell officials unveiled the new release of the Boomi AtomSphere cloud integration solution, which includes API management capabilities and support for Integration Packs and process libraries. Dell bought Boomi in 2010. The new API management capabilities come at a time when businesses increasingly are looking for ways to more quickly integrate key applications with various cloud, mobile and social solutions. Through the Dell Boomi API management capabilities, organizations can more quickly and easily create, secure, monitor and scale new Web services, according to Dell officials. The new Boomi AtomSphere capabilities play to the growing trend toward cloud services, they said, noting numbers from Gartner that indicate spending on cloud services will reach $209 billion by 2016. In addition, cloud integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) will increase 35 percent through 2016, significantly more than the 8 percent jump in spending for middleware.In addition to API management, Dell Boomi also offers Integration Packs for software vendors and software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers. Software vendors can embed the Integration Packs into their products to enable them to better manage integrations for their customers by adopting a "change once, deploy everywhere" capability. With the Integration Packs, software providers can centrally manage their customers' integrations. With the process libraries, system integrators can put best practices and unique IP into a template that can then be reused across multiple clients. The growing capabilities in Boomi AtomSphere illustrate Dell's push to make the disparate software products gained through the various acquisitions more than just a bunch of offerings, according to Chris McNabb, general manager of Dell Boomi. The company is looking to more tightly integrate its various software capabilities. "It's very much a part of the [Dell] solutions play," McNabb told eWEEK.
Boomi's API management gives organizations greater abilities to manage and administer their APIs and Web services from the cloud into the company's back-end systems, which is important as they grow and scale out, officials said. Through managing the published APIs, organizations can better reduce the risk of data volume growing to the point of overloading the system, protect against denial-of-service attacks, and throttle traffic flow and filter IP addresses to improve quality of SLAs for Web services.