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May 10, 2011

Talend adds data quality to ESB after Sopera buy

Free open source download, commercial versions add bells and whistles

By Jason Stamper

Bertrand Diard Talend

Bertrand Diard, CEO and co-founder, Talend

French open source data integration and quality player Talend has announced the availability of Talend ESB Standard Edition – an open source enterprise service bus – as a key component of what it claims is a unified platform for data services, following the acquisition of German ESB firm Sopera back in November.

An ESB is essentially a standards based and event driven messaging engine, that is meant to allow integration architects to exploit the value of messaging without writing code.

Talend also announced the latest version of its Data Integration, Data Quality and Master Data Management (MDM) offerings, with advances that tie into its new ESB.

Talend said its ESB offers a graphical user interface for development, a deployment mechanism and runtime environment for operations and a monitoring console for management, all built on a shared metadata repository. This is claimed to shorten the time to deployment for integration.

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Speaking to CBR at the time of the Sopera acquisition, Talend co-founder and CEO Bertrand Diard said: "Sopera offers an ESB, and we already have a number of joint customers using Talend and Sopera together. Data quality is a great addition to a bus, because it means that even if you have data quality issues, they can’t be propagated around different services and applications because our technology will catch them at the middleware layer."

"Data quality is a major problem in data integration projects and we are going to provide data quality in the bus itself," Diard said.

Today the firm claimed it has now become, "the first to offer a unified platform for data services, making it easier to synchronise data between operational applications and across enterprise boundaries. Talend’s data services free data management processes that are traditionally bound to specific applications by abstracting them as standards-based services that can be reused by other applications. The reuse of data services across multiple applications maximises the value of initial investments in standalone data integration solutions."

Talend ESB Standard Edition includes a Service Locator that provides failover and load balancing between service Consumers and Providers; Service Activity Monitoring to facilitate the capture of service activity; and a Security Token Service (STS) Framework to federate security credentials.

Meanwhile the firm also revved its Data Management products with version 4.2. There are new XML data mapping and transformation facilities, dedicated components to integrate Talend ESB as the entry and exit points of all data flows, and integration of Talend Jobs inside Talend ESB for deployment and management of the data services.

Importantly there is also access via the ESB to any data, stored anywhere in the information system or beyond, through Talend’s connectors and data transformation capabilities.

Taking it all together the company said the tools offer data integration, data quality and master data management.

The acquisition of Sopera added 60 staff to Talend’s 270, which Talend said should put it in the top five open source vendors.

Diard also claimed that integration between Talend and Sopera will be a boon for companies looking at cloud computing. "You can run Talend in the cloud today, and what companies need is good interoperability between the cloud and on-premise," he said. "We will enable them to connect, transform, and run services on the bus in the cloud. Or if they have half on-premise and half in the cloud they will be able to use the repository of the bus to manage the different protocols, security and so on in an abstract layer."

Previously, for customers using Talend who have sought an ESB Talend offered integration with ActiveMQ, Service Mix and Camel. Diard said the firm would continue to support customers using those but added that, "obviously we hope customers will look at what Sopera can do for them."

Diard claimed Talend is doubling revenue every year and could choose to be profitable, but instead is investing for growth.

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