Enterprise iPaaS and API Management
It’s been said we have entered “the API Economy.” As our partner 3scale describes it: “As web-enabled software becomes the standard for business processes, the ways organizations, partners and customers interface with it have become a critical differentiator in the market place.”
In this post, I’ll summarize SnapLogic’s native API management capabilities and introduce the best-in-class partnerships we announced today with 3scale and Restlet to extend the cloud and big data integration capabilities that SnapLogic’s Elastic Integration Platform delivers. In the next set of posts, we’ll provide a deeper overview of our API Management partners.
Exposing SnapLogic Pipelines as APIs
SnapLogic’s unified integration platform as a service (iPaaS) allows citizen integrators and developers to build multi-point integration pipelines that connect cloud and on-premises applications as well as disparate enterprise data sources for big data analytics and expose them as RESTful APIs. These APIs can be invoked by any authorized user, application, web backend or mobile app through a simple and standardized HTTP call, in order to trigger the execution of the SnapLogic pipeline. Here are two options for exposing SnapLogic pipelines as Tasks:
- Triggered Tasks: Each Task exposes a cloud URL and, if it is to be executed on an on-premises Snaplex (aka Groundplex), then it may also have an on-premises URL. These dataflow pipelines may be invoked using REST GET/POST, passing parameters and optionally a payload in and out. These pipelines use SnapLogic’s standard HTTP basic auth authorization scheme.
- Ultra Pipelines: These Tasks are “always on”, where the pipeline is memory-resident, ready to process incoming requests with millisecond-level invocation overhead. Ultra Pipelines are ideal for real-time integration processing. In terms of authentication, Ultra Pipelines may be assigned a “bearer token,” which is an arbitrary string that must be passed in the invoking HTTP/s request in the HTTP headers. The token is optional, allowing customers to invoke a pipeline with no authentication, which may be appropriate on internal trusted networks.
SnapLogic Platform APIs
SnapLogic also provides an expanding set of APIs for customer systems to interact with our elastic iPaaS. Examples include:
- User and Group APIs: Programmatically manage and automate the creation of SnapLogic users and groups.
- Pipeline Monitoring APIs: Determine pipeline execution status. A common use case is when you are using external enterprise schedulers to monitor your pipelines.
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