By: Vance McCarthy
Liaison Technologies is shipping a cloud service that aims to handle integration and data management all at once – from a unified multi-tenant platform. Liaison Alloy Platform comes after three years of R&D and investment, and is being rolled out to the market as the first dPaaS (Data Platform as a Service).
Liaison Technologies is shipping a cloud service that aims to handle integration and data management all at once – from a unified multi-tenant platform.
Liaison Alloy Platform is being rolled out to the market by the company as the first dPaaS (Data Platform as a Service).
For this new label, the Liaison Alloy Platform brings together data integration, management, transformation, analytics and more for structured and unstructured data – all in a cloud-based architecture with scalable capacity, store and compute. It also leverages open API’s and microservices.
“Customers will now have a fully managed integration solution combined with a flexible and fully accessible data management platform,” said Liaison CEO Bob Renner in a statement.
A Liaison whitepaper described the need the company saw for the Alloy integrated architecture:
“Taming the 5 V’s (volume, velocity, variety, veracity, and value) of structured and unstructured data take a lot of effort. If you do not have the proper foundation created through integration and data management though, you will never deliver on its potential.”
“Think of [the Liaison Alloy Platform] as your Integration Center of Expertise in the cloud – using our highly skilled resources to operate this important operation for you. This frees up your limited resources to focus on the higher value data management and analytics.”
Architecturally, the Liaison Alloy Platform consists of three modules, all working together:
- Data Orchestration: rich set of functionalities to integrate applications and data in cloud as well as enterprise system
- Data Persistence: big data technologies and usage of polyglot data management techniques with accessible APIs to manage data and support schema on read approach
- Data Visualization: transparency into data and data flow through easy to use customizable interfaces
“A feature called the Contivo automated mapping solution is the “secret sauce” for the Liaison Alloy Platform’s dPaaS capability,” Renner added. “Contivo accelerates and simplifies the data conversion process, eliminating the need for time-consuming and complex hand-coding and reducing the time to create new maps. It also houses a powerful algorithm for data profiling and cleansing.”
Other Liaison Alloy Platform features include:
- API Management interfaces for integration and syndication of data are available through the Alloy Platform. In addition, the Alloy Platform offers true API management from creation all the way up to consumption at the data layer.
- Big Data technologies allow for limitless scale of processing and storage. The platform leverages open-source Hadoop and Cassandra technologies for distributed data processing, storing and management. It creates a scalable platform that can make sense of big data in real time.
- Microservices dedicated to specific business functions that can be as simple as data transformation or as broad as process workflow. Microservices enable an agile response to shifts in demand in a company’s environment, providing fast “scale up” and “scale down” by executing a very large number of parallel processes in a loosely coupled manner.
The Liaison Alloy Platform is the result of three years of R&D and investment, according to Renner. A blog post from Liaison vice president for product management, Madhukar Kumar, shares some insights about that work:
At Liaison we started building our Alloy platform using microservice a couple of years ago and very recently added compliance and security to it. Most importantly we built the platform in a way so that it can be customizable for any integration and data management use cases that come to us.
Imagine a workflow builder where we could assemble microservices on demand to build out an architecture that works for our customers. This would not be tenable on a monolithic cloud-based application, but based on microservices, this is now attainable.
Readers can request a demo of Liaison Alloy Platform here.