This Q&A is an excerpt from our August 30, 2016 webinar: Reimagine Your Integration Strategy: Unlock a Data-Inspired Future, presented by Shabih Syed, Sr. Manager, Product Management
Question [Audience Member]: Can you connect on-premises behind-the-firewall applications to ALLOY?
Answer [Shabih Syed]: Yes. So, our preference is always to have the intended application that you want to connect for enterprise application integration to connect directly to ALLOY, but in certain scenarios—it could be a back-end database for example—we do understand that some applications need to sit behind the firewall. For these, we have a lightweight cloud connector, which is essentially an on-prem client that we deploy to a customer’s own network and, at that point, that client can then facilitate the connection between that back-end application and ALLOY. This on-prem client is called ALLOY Edge and it is also managed by our managed services team remotely. ALLOY Edge has a web application UI that is accessible, barring obviously port access, from any web browser outside the network to allow our services team to access all the configurations on that lightweight client. And that lightweight client supports AS2, HTTP, FTP… whatever the different formats are for connecting to a back-end application and then, from there, it basically sends that over to the ALLOY platform to communicate out to the rest of the world.
So, yes, absolutely. We can connect to an on-prem application behind the firewall.