Options for cloud, SaaS data integration grow

Talend joins IBM, Dell and others in offering cloud-specific data-integration tools

The options for cloud and SaaS (software as a service) data integration grew larger on Wednesday with the announcement of Talend Cloud, a new product from open-source vendor Talend.

Talend Cloud builds on the company's set of data integration tools and other middleware, adding a series of prebuilt connectors to cloud services such as Salesforce.com, Amazon RDS (Relational Database Service), SugarCRM, Google Apps, Twitter and NetSuite.

The connectors "provide native connectivity, encapsulating any complex, vendor-specific APIs," according to a statement.

As adoption of cloud services among corporate IT shops has grown, so has the need to tie those applications back to on-premise data stores and systems.

Last year's moves by IBM and Dell to respectively acquire cloud data integration vendors Cast Iron Systems and Boomi suggested such work has, or is set to become, a lucrative business.

Data integration vendors are competing on a similar basis, according to analyst Ray Wang, CEO of Constellation Research. "It's about the ease of use in managing connections. The number of supported and updated connections is key, but manageability is the Holy Grail," he said.

To this end, Talend touts its ability to give customers a single development and runtime environment, as well as integrated monitoring. In addition, Talend's open-source community frequently generates new connectors, providing another advantage, the company contends.

Despite the growing number of tools available for SaaS integration, most companies are still using "labor-intensive custom programming," according to a recent Forrester Research report, "Seven Top Integration Trends for 2011 to 2012."

The challenge of integrating on-demand applications with other systems was the number-two reason why respondents to a Forrester survey said they were not adopting SaaS, following security concerns.

Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris's e-mail address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Internet-based applications and servicesapplicationsIBMmiddlewaresoftwaredata integrationinternetcloud computingCast Iron SystemsboomiDelltalend

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Chris Kanaracus

IDG News Service

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Shopping.com

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?