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Today's diversity of application platforms call for careful evaluations of cloud integration tools, said Forrester...
Research analyst Henry Peyret. "The tooling market is facing multiple convergences between cloud and on-premises, creating hybrid integration, convergence of data and event-based interfaces," he said.
Not all products support changing integration needs. "Companies should plan for tactical choices today but [shouldn't] expect to get one solution for all their integration needs," said Peyret, co-author of Forrester's TechRadar: Integration Technologies, Q2 2015.
Here's a roundup of cloud integration tools, drawn from Forrester's and Peyret's reports.
Akana: Users can create, manage and secure APIs with tools like Cloud Integration Gateway, which makes aggregated data available to applications and APIs for subscribers in their own apps.
Dell Boomi: Boomi AtomSphere is a multi-tenant cloud platform that supports multiple cloud environments as well as business-to-business integration.
IBM: Graphical-based WebSphere Cast Iron runs as a virtual appliance on existing servers or as a multi-tenant platform for integrating cloud and on-premises applications.
Informatica: Several products target application and data integration, cloud management and connectivity. Informatica's tools also address synchronizing and relating data and processes between cloud and on-premises systems.
Jitterbit: Harmony's enterprise app connectors support SOAP and REST, the leading Web services specifications. Offering connectivity for multiple databases, the application validates and filters data on the fly.
Microsoft: Integration Services on Azure creates mobile front ends that integrate with existing processes and data.
MuleSoft: Anypoint targets business transformation through API-led connectivity and addresses connectivity across SOA, software-as-a-service applications and APIs.
Red Hat: JBoss Middleware integrates systems, applications and data through an ESB and enterprise messaging. In addition, JBoss xPaaS services for OpenShift creates an API foundation for integrating enterprise assets.
Software AG: Webmethods features an ESB to unite systems, services, devices and business partners.
Talend: Talend Studio is an open source integration platform with graphical tools and wizards.
Tibco: With two dozen integration products, Tibco takes a granular approach to lifecycle governance, connectivity, process management and API management.
WSO2: Tools offered by WSO2 include API management, governance, load balancing and data services.
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