Seeking to make it easier to synchronize data between applications and across enterprise boundaries, Talend on Monday delivered a unified platform for both data services and applications integration requirements.
The Talend ESB Standard Edition, built on an open source enterprise service bus (ESB), frees data services and data management processes from specific applications. By abstracting them as standards-based services that can be reused by other applications, the new Talend platform offers a common environment for users to manage an entire lifecycle of a data service, regardless of its origins.
Talend also announced the 4.2 version of its Data Integration, Data Quality and Master Data Management (MDM) solutions, which now work in combination with the new Talend ESB. [Disclosure: Talend is a sponsor of BriefingsDirect podcasts.]
Thanks to such trends as cloud, hybrid computing and massive data sets, the role and impact of integration has shifted. A more comprehensive and managed approach to integration is required -- one that spans data and applications services. Moreover, the tools that support enterprise integration need to useable by more types of workers, those that are involved at the business process and data analysis levels.
By seeking to reduce middleware complexity, Talend's combined offerings unify a platform with a common development, deployment and monitoring environment that spans both data management and application integration tasks and operations, said Pat Walsh, Vice President of Marketing for the Application Integration Division at Talend. Many touch points
"There’s now the mandate that you can no longer isolate data from application, because the touch points are just so many. You now need to look at solutions that, from the get-go, consider both aspects of the integration problem -- the data aspect and the system and application integration aspect," said Walsh.
Talend ESB Standard Edition uses the Apache CXF services framework, Apache Camel integration framework and Apache ActiveMQ enterprise messaging capabilities. Talend's ESB Standard Edition also features Service Locator capabilities for automatic failover and load balancing through the Apache Zookeeper extension for dynamic endpoint registration and lookup. The Security Token Service (STS) framework supports SAML 2.0 (Security Assertion Markup Language 2.0), and Service Activity Monitoring fosters analysis of service activity.
"We've gone to great lengths to include security mechanisms into the solution," said Walsh, "so that we can have approaches whereby there are certain permissions for just individuals. Or, IT management can look at certain aspects while opening it up maybe to a broader audience, when it comes to development and use of the interfaces that are going to be developed on the data in application side."
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