SnapLogic Leverages JSON to Drive Real-Time Integration

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As part of an effort to make accessing data in real time much simpler, SnapLogic this week added a SnapLogic Ultra Pipelines service that can be programmed to listen for events and then immediately respond to requests for relevant data associated with those events.

Darren Cunningham, vice president of marketing at SnapLogic, says the Ultra Pipelines service was designed around JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) documents. It provides much of the same functionality as an enterprise service bus (ESB), but is delivered as a service in the cloud using a much lighter weight middleware framework.

The end result is a level of integration that is as much as 10 times faster than cloud integration services that rely on more batch-oriented RESTful application programming interfaces (APIs), says Cunningham.

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As the API economy continues to evolve, interest in integration frameworks that support real-time business processes is starting to increase. Rather than relying on a client/server approach to integration, Cunningham says there is a need for integration frameworks that can support requests for data both at scale and in real time.

While data integration services in the cloud provide a central mechanism through which multiple applications can more efficiently share data, they have left much to be desired from a performance perspective. However, as many IT organizations are just becoming familiar with the power and flexibility of JSON documents, the scale and speed at which data can be integrated in the cloud appears to about to dramatically improve.