Services which allow companies to integrate their services into the cloud will continue to swell in popularity over the next few years.
That’s according to SnapLogic, a company that provides apps to help companies integrate their services to the cloud.
The company claims that it has built a model similar to that offered in the mobile phone industry. It offers “Snaps” for different data types and applications that can be easily added as integration needs grow and change.
However Ediz Ertekin, VP of distribution. Europe says as time goes on others will catch up.
“Everybody in the business will begin looking at this integration technology. IBM has made a few nods to this by acquiring a few companies, while Dell bought Boomi, a clear sign it’s moving into this space,” he told TechEye.
Snaps are containerised data connectors that allow companies to join up applications and data sources. The company claims that this allows businesses to make reductions in system costs and implementation times.
Gartner estimates that over the course of the next five years, enterprises will spend a combined $112 billion cumulatively on software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS), with Western Europe forecast to account for 29 percent of the market by 2014.
“We are introducing a new kind of technology, which brings together the Cloud and premises,” said Ertekin.
He said the company’s services, in partnership with Salesforce and Netsuite weren’t brought in to compete with major players such as Microsoft and IBM. Instead they were to provide an alternative to closed, proprietary, client/server based integration services and the massive amount of hand coding still being done to accomplish data integration in the marketplace.
80 percent of those that use the cloud computing integration market are new, fast growing companies while 20 percent of the market are large established enterprises moving specific initiatives to the cloud, the company said.
The company allows anyone to join and provides what it calls the SnapStore – we’d watch out there – which offers cloud integration services from a range of developers.
Like the App store these are checked by the company and can then be downloaded by a customer. However, you’re not looking at a cheap 75p here – with some apps hitting the $3,495 mark. While developers get the main share, SnapLogic takes 30 percent of the profits for the apps which include anything from Twitter integrations to services offered by Salesforce.