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Dell Boomi connects the cloud to the enterprise

Joab Jackson, IDG News Service | April 26, 2011
Dell has updated its Boomi software to make it easier to exchange data between public cloud services and on-premise applications, in anticipation of greater use of public clouds by large organizations.

Boomi has also set up its own set of APIs for customers who wish to monitor operations from their own systems-management software, such as HP's OpenView.

"It's not unusual for enterprises to be running hundreds or even thousands of applications that have to be managed on separate systems. The Boomi platform provides a way for these platforms to communicate with one another seamlessly," said Charles King, an analyst with Pund-IT. The platform is especially useful if these internal systems "are interacting with third-party providers delivering cloud-based services."

Boomi's purchase by Dell has enabled the company to build out its marketing and development staff, Nucci said. In turn, Dell now has a solution to offer customers seeking to move some of their workloads to the cloud. "It allows Dell to offer a broader capability," Nucci said.

Earlier this year, Dell launched a specialized hardware and software package for retailers, in which Boomi plays a role, Nucci said. "When a retailer wants near-real-time access to their point-of-sale data, Boomi can extract that data directly from the store systems and deliver it directly to centralized IT," he said.

 

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