More vendors are offering new integration tools for meeting growing enterprise demand for faster delivery of application software. Among the approaches is automating key elements of the continuous integration and continuous delivery pipeline using emerging application container services and cloud-based open source development platforms.
That’s the route taken by SnapLogic, the self-service application and data integration specialist, which released an “integration cloud” this week that automates key software development bottlenecks. The Silicon Valley company also announced an update to its AI platform for automating routine development tasks along with a catalog of data pipeline components.
SnapLogic, San Mateo, Calif., said its integration with GitHub Cloud and support for the Mesosphere container platform would “provide the glue needed to streamline the software development lifecycle.”
Integration with the sprawling open-source development cloud acquired by Microsoft in June would enable users to host SnapLogic’s tools, pipelines and other tasks created on GitHub while maintaining version control. The feature leaves open the option of working on those assets downstream to deliver updates faster.
The integration with GitHub also attempts to address current DevOps fragmentation in which IT teams often spend as much time pulling together “siloed” tools as they do on actual software development. The result is delays in shipping new application software and services.
The integration platform also embraces agile application containers through support for Mesosphere’s datacenter operating system that supports Kubernetes cluster orchestration as well as linking public and private clouds. The Mesosphere platform is designed to ease deployment and scaling of applications and data services, the partners said.
SnapLogic said Mesosphere support would allow developers to spin up Docker containers in a single click rather than managing them manually. Along with automating container management, the framework would help reduce development errors when moving services to container platforms.
Meanwhile, the company updated its Iris AI platform to help business users manage their data pipelines, freeing DevOps teams to focus on new software releases. The self-service integration tool is designed to recommend components, or “Snaps,” used to create data pipelines. In a getting-from-Point-A-to-Point-B example, a user could select the first and last Snaps of the pipeline. An “integration assistant” would then fill in the pipeline
SnapLogic has been jockeying in a crowded field of data and cloud integrators that includes IBM (NYSE: IBM), Oracle (NYSE: ORCL), Talend and TIBCO. SnapLogic has for several years supported early investor Microsoft’s (NASDAQ: MSFT) Azure SQL data warehouse designed to aggregate and store big data in the cloud. The approach is designed to store data at cloud-scale while independently scaling the required computing resources.
The company also this week rolled out a catalog of pre-built, reusable integration pipelines that can be configured using a wizard in its integration cloud.