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GigaOm Sonar: Integration Infrastructure Management and Transaction Observability

An Exploration of Cutting-Edge Solutions and Technologies

Table of Contents

  1. Summary
  2. Report Methodology
  3. Overview
  4. Considerations for Adoption
  5. GigaOm Sonar
  6. Market Landscape
  7. Analyst’s Take
  8. About Saurabh Sharma

Summary

In simple terms, integration infrastructure enables integration among various applications, services, and data sources. This process typically includes message-oriented middleware (MoM), integration brokers, managed file transfer (MFT), REST or SOAP APIs, and electronic data interchange (EDI) tools. The integration infrastructure is a key component of the enterprise IT stack, providing the pathways that enable the flow of information to and from different systems and applications, and it is the mechanism for gaining insight into how each part of the system is performing.

The management of the integration infrastructure layer is both specialized and multifaceted and includes monitoring, observability, configuration and security management, alerting and automation, and performance optimization. Extracting intelligence from the integration infrastructure layer is key to achieving the overarching goal: situational awareness (and the capability to act on these insights to achieve IT and business objectives).

Transaction observability includes the ability to determine how software’s internal state changes in response to external outputs, specifically regarding transactions. Using the right combination of monitoring, logging, documentation, and visualization tools, it is possible to develop an appropriate situational awareness of distributed systems and applications. This Sonar report assesses software products that deliver toward the goal of situational awareness, including transaction observability for distributed systems and applications as well as all the elements of integration infrastructure management.

About the GigaOm Sonar Report

This GigaOm report is focused on emerging technologies and market segments. It helps organizations of all sizes to understand the technology and how it can fit in the overall IT strategy, its strengths, and its weaknesses. The report is organized into four sections:

Overview: an overview of the technology, its major benefits, possible use cases, and relevant characteristics of different product implementations already available in the market.

Considerations for Adoption: An analysis of the potential risks and benefits of introducing products based on this technology in an enterprise IT scenario, including table stakes and key differentiating features, as well as consideration on how to integrate the new product with the existing environment.

GigaOm Sonar: A graphical representation of the market and its most important players focused on their value proposition and their roadmaps for the future. This section also includes a breakdown of each vendor’s offering in the sector.

Near-Term Roadmap: A 12–18 month forecast of the future development of the technology, its ecosystem, and major players of this market segment.

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