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SnapLogic Data Integration Project Goes Commercial

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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 adventure. 

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 Subscription. 

The Developer sub includes six licenses, silver-level technical support and three-days of training for two developers. The Enterprise sub, which starts at $25,000 a year, includes 25 licenses and technical support. 

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 JSON. 

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.

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