SnapLogic Adds Real-Time Monitoring to Business-Critical Cloud Integration

SnapLogic is adding real-time data workflow analysis and performance monitoring to its cloud integration capabilities. The latest features aim to help improve speed and throughput of cloud integrations, and let IT quickly locate and troubleshoot bottlenecks in real-time.

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SnapLogic is adding real-time data workflow analysis and performance monitoring to its cloud integration capabilities. The latest features aim to help improve speed and throughput of cloud integrations, and let IT quickly locate and troubleshoot bottlenecks in real-time.

snaplogicSnapLogic’s move to add real-time monitoring is available in the SnapLogic Spring ’12 Release, and comes as current customers say they are ready to move ahead with cloud integration for more and more complicated projects, Ash Jhaveri, SnapLogic’s vice president of product management told IDN.

“People finish their first project with us, and they say ‘What else can we do?’ because they see how simple we make it to integrate on-premise with the cloud,” Jhaveri said.  But moving to the next level of complex cloud integration project hasn’t always been easy for customers, Jhaveri added, because they found it difficult to obtain monitoring or SLA services.

“The modern enterprise has data everywhere. It lives in legacy ESBs, custom applications, on-premise packaged apps, cloud services and Hadoop,” Jhaveri said. “The challenge created by myriad apps sharing data in diverse formats is gaining an understanding of where data is flowing in real-time within the system.”  In other words, giving customers the ability to see and understand their diverse data flows is a prerequisite to helping customers quickly identify how well their systems are operating, and identity and remove any bottlenecks, he added. 

 

“The challenge created by myriad apps sharing data…is gaining an understanding of where data is flowing in real-time.”

 

Ash Jhaveri
Vice President, Product Management
SnapLogic

The SnapLogic Spring ’12 Release pushes to provide real-time metrics on performance, throughput, transformation and other integration-related tasks fills a crucial gap for many adopters of cloud integration solutions, especially for business-critical solutions, Jhaveri added.

“Customers haven’t always had service level expectations when they move some applications or projects to the cloud, so many vendors don’t offer those services. Our new performance monitoring features address that customer need, especially for very complicated projects that include many different data sources and apps,” he said. 

In just one example of how cloud integration is providing enterprises core business-critical support, Outback Steakhouse is using SnapLogic to integrate human resources functions across more than 1,200 locations. The complex integrated solution which ties Outback’s HR systems together with off-premise and SaaS solutions, impacts some 85,000 employees, Jhaveri added.

SnapLogic’s real-time performance monitoring in SnapLogic Spring ’12 helps IT detect and diagnose any trouble spots in cloud integration connections, such as slow API connections, whether huge data spikes are slowing down processing or any other reason “If there are latencies or systems aren’t performing as the customer expects, we can tell them where those latencies are with just a simple mouse-over over our [SnapLogic] console,” Jhaveri said. 

SnapLogic is adding these specific real-time cloud integration monitoring capabilities:

 

  • Real-Time Data Flow Analysis. Users simply mouse over any part of a SnapLogic integration workflow, and they can see a rich set of performance metrics, including CPU utilization, wait time, records in and out, throughput, etc.  This allows users with a simple mouse-over to identify and diagnose bottlenecks impeding the flow or processing of data.
  • Enhanced Record-Level Debugging. Users can also follow individual data flowing through an integration workflow. For example, specific records of data are now viewable before and after they pass through filters and joins, allowing immediate debugging.
  • Auto Suggest for Salesforce Object Query Language (SOQL). SnapLogic’s Smart Query Builder for SOQL introspects Salesforce schemas and instantly provides suggestions on schema objects as users type in SOQL queries.
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The key to SnapLogic’s ability to provide real-time monitoring lies in the company’s foundation Snap architecture.

SnapLogic ‘Snaps’ are easy-to-assemble containerized data connectors that hold logic needed to join data and application sources, Elias Terman, SnapLogic director of product marketing told IDN.  Aside from integration and workflow logic, Snaps also contain information about data format transformations, events, system calls, lookups and more. 

In turn, this Snap architecture delivers IT an easy-to-assemble set of ‘building blocks’ they can use to build end-to-end integration pipelines, Terman said.  “Our value proposition is really toward large enterprises that need to more easily and quickly connect dozens or hundreds of things. This latest real-time capability to monitor and tune larger integrations gives those customers a lot of confidence,” he added. 

One analyst found a lot of merit in SnapLogic’s latest enhancements for real-time monitoring.  “With this deep level of visibility, SnapLogic is providing the ability to assess which parts of their integrations are waiting for data as opposed to actually processing that data,” David Menninger, vice president and research director at Ventana Research said in a statement.




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