SnapLogic Integration Cloud Connects Multiple SaaS Platforms

The release adds support for nested data and process flows, which allow integration developers to assemble more complex flows with modular sub-flows.

SnapLogic introduced Oct. 22 the SnapLogic Integration Cloud, which it is calling "the industry's fastest integration platform as a service (iPaaS)."

The Integration Cloud streams data between multiple software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications such as ServiceNow, Salesforce and Workday as well as on-premises systems like SAP and Oracle, and also provides data integration for business analytics solutions such as Amazon Redshift and Tableau.

Features include a multitenant SaaS designer, manager and dashboard that run in the public cloud and an elastic execution network, called the Snaplex, that can run in the cloud and behind the firewall.

The designer, manager and dashboard are built for the "citizen developer" and are HTML5-based for native mobile access and monitoring. For example, the designer allows users to choose from a library of more than 160 prebuilt connectors, called Snaps, and create and manage orchestrations in a drag-and-drop user interface.

Snaps are available on the SnapStore, a software development kit (SDK) for custom development of Snaps by partners and customers, and a RESTful application programming interface (API) to embed Snaps and integration flows into Websites, applications and platforms.

"The new world of cloud, social, mobile and big data applications has created multi-point integration requirements that demand a new generation of more elastic integration solutions," Jeffrey Kaplan, managing director at consultancy firm ThinkStrategies, said in a statement. "The Integration Cloud offers a new approach to more easily and economically address these escalating integration requirements in a scalable and flexible fashion."

The latest release adds support for nested data and process flows, which allow integration developers to assemble more complex flows, called pipelines, with modular sub-flows.

Also included is the ability to perform one-click copy and paste, which improves reuse and sharing of integrations within the same organization, and auto-provisioning options for administrators to make it easier to set up users.

The platform streams data between applications, databases, files, and social and big data sources through the Snaplex, a self-upgrading execution network. Snaplex elastically manages integration capacity planning and is built to handle data and process-centric integration requirements.

Snaplex allows users to scale out in the cloud for orchestrations that involve integrating SaaS applications such as Salesforce, NetSuite and Concur. It can run behind the firewall, for hybrid deployments involving on-premises enterprise applications such as Oracle EBS and SAP.

Another feature is its ability to scale up and down based on the volume of data being processed or the latency requirements of the integration flow when running in the cloud.

Integration Cloud is generally available, and the Winter 2014 updates will be generally available at the end of October. With the Winter 2014 release, new and enhanced Snaps are available for Redshift, MongoDB, NetSuite, Qualys, ServiceNow, Tableau, Workday and Zuora, a company release noted.

"In the 1,000 application enterprise and an API economy, integration has to run at the speed of the cloud," Gaurav Dhillon, founder and CEO of SnapLogic, said in a statement. "The dilemma for enterprise IT organizations is that their legacy integration technologies were built before the era of big data, social, mobile and cloud computing and simply can't keep up."