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Cloud Integration in 2011

QueCloud Ties Cloud and On-Premise via Data Virtualization

Queplix Corp. is shipping its QueCloud integration platform, which uses data virtualization for sharing data across cloud and on-premise apps. Integration Developer News continues its "Cloud Integration in 2011" series with Queplix CEO Mark Cashman.

By Vance McCarthy

Queplix Corp., a data integration and data management provider, is shipping its QueCloud cloud integration platform. QueCloud is powered by secure data virtualization and metadata technologies, and can integrate multiple on-premise and cloud-based apps.

Queplix is also shipping a tailored integration solution for NetSuite's SuiteCloud platform, based on the company's same core technologies.

QueCloud lets companies quickly, easily and securely integrate on-premise data and applications with cloud applications such as Salesforce, NetSuite, LinkedIn, and FaceBook. QueCloud also supports leading on-premise applications including SAP, PeopleSoft, Microsoft Dynamics, Oracle CRM, NetSuite and others.

"We have the ability to integrate between the cloud and on-premise, or within either," Queplix CEO Mark Cashman told IDN. "With MDM (master data management) and [data] harmonization, we know when and where anything is changed in the underlying data structures."

Driving QueCloud integration capability is Queplix Virtual Data Manager (VDM) data virtualization technology, along with a set of application "blades" or intelligent connectors.

Together, these technologies identify and extract key metadata and associated security information from data stored in applications.

Queplix' Virtual Data Manager data virtualization technology improves on ETL and avoids SQL programming to virtually harmonize data from diverse on-premise and cloud-based locations.

Queplix blades differ from SaaS connectors found in some cloud appliances because they are multi-directional and can conduct data identification, extraction and integration tasks, Cashman said.

Once captured, information goes into Queplix's persistent metadata catalog without moving any of the underlying data from its original location, Cashman told IDN. From the catalog, Queplix renders the data easily accessible and shareable to any number of additional applications via the Queplix Engine, he added.

Another Queplix technology attracting attention from data architects is Virtual Data Viewer, Cashman said. The Queplix VDV provides an object-oriented view of a wide range of data formats, including XML, CSV, spreadsheets and RDMBS. Data architects can also see relationships between data and data models used in each format, and even the relationships between different data, he added.

"Data architects eyes popped when they could understand where all their data was in this way," Cashman told IDN. "All this is letting them combine fields and sources across different data sets to create a ‘virtual entity' of a customer, amassed from all the different customer records."

Other QueCloud features include:

  • A simple UI designed to allow business users to employ cloud integration
  • Data for customer, product, vendor, HR and financial information can be aligned easily and automatically across multiple sources.
  • Tools for data governance, including data dictionary, data quality and data integration
  • Can scale to meet demands of largest enterprise
  • Maintains consistency between data across multiple applications using automated data synchronization.

Queplix Solution for NetSuite's SuiteCloud

Queplix's Virtual Data Manager (VDM) SuiteApp for NetSuite's SuiteCloud, available now, automates integration between NetSuite and on-premise apps or other SaaS services. Queplix's SuiteApp quickly integrates NetSuite's SuiteCloud SaaS applications for accounting, ERP, CRM and e-commerce, as well as cloud-based tools and infrastructure.

Core Queplix technologies also lay at the heart of the Queplix SuiteApp for NetSuite's SuiteCloud. Notably, NetSuite engineers notice a convergence between Queplix' approach and the underlying NetSuite's data virtualization architecture for cloud.

"Queplix is built using some of the same principles as NetSuite -- ease and speed of deployment, a rich user experience, and the flexibility of a cloud-based approach," said Guido Haarmans, NetSuite's vice president for developer programs and business development. In specific, NetSuite harmonizes data to maintain user interface consistency, and it lets NetSuite customers use their existing security models, he added.

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Derek Harris Sr. is a senior technology writer and blogger with more than 20 years experience in journalism.

While covering a broad spectrum of technology segments, his focus is weighted on enterprise technologies in the data storage, security and infrastructure spaces.