SnapLogic, the open source start-up that been fostering the eponymous data integration project for the past year, is going commercial with the widgetry, claiming that the stuff can do what proprietary software from Tibco and Infomatica can’t and make it easy to tap and use the data trapped in practically impenetrable data warehouses.
Guess they ought to know ‘cause one of SnapLogic’s founders, Gaurav
Dhillon, was the founder and CEO of Informatica before embarking on this new
Anyway, SnapLogic is supposed
to enable “Really Simple Integration” by leveraging RESTful web technology and
make data from databases, SaaS applications, SOA Web Service and other data
sources available to business users to turn into chi-chi enterprise mashups and
rich Internet applications and all it takes is a browser, Google and Excel.
For commercial purposes the new
SnapLogic 2.0 framework has been re-architected and the company is offering a
free GPLv2-licensed Community Edition and a pay-for-play Professional Edition
available as either $9,000-a-year Developer Subscription or an Enterprise
The Developer sub includes six
licenses, silver-level technical support and three-days of training for two
The SnapLogic framework
consists of a Server and Components that do the access and transformation
stuff. The Components are configured into Resources that are linked together to
form Pipelines, each of which does a particular data integration task like reading
data from a warehouse, reformatting it and writing it to a database.
The Server can now run on
either Windows or Linux and Component support Java and Python, expanding
SnapLogic’s reach. A screen-scapper Component makes it easy to pull web content
into data integrations and command-line output formats include HTML, XML and
The start-up has a customer in KQED Public Broadcasting, which is using it as the data services layer in a new solution for managing digital content like MP3 podcast files and MPEG videocast files working with multiple databases, web sites and a reportedly complex content distribution network.