If you're using a hybrid cloud environment, read on to see what benefits Azure Logic Apps and Azure functions can bring to your dev environment.
The Need for Hybrid Cloud Integration
With cloud being embraced actively by organizations, the need for hybrid integration has evolved.
As part of a cloud-first strategy, customers have started consuming more of SaaS/PaaS applications that would require integration with enterprise applications.
We might have to connect to a number of applications, which do not provide an API-based interface. To integrate such enterprise applications with SaaS applications as well as other cloud applications/services which are not on-premises, connector capabilities can be leveraged.
There is a need for hybrid integration platforms which allow enterprises to better integrate services and applications in hybrid environments (on-premise and cloud).
The platform should support hybrid integration scenarios like communication between SaaS and on-premise applications, on-premise and public cloud environments, etc.
Key Features Include:
- Supports multiple communication protocols like AS2, HTTP, etc.
- Core integration engine-orchestration, routing, transformation, validation.
- Provides connectors for SaaS, on-premise, and cloud services and other applications/services.
- Highly available, scalable, reliable, and secure.
- Provides the ability to expose and consume microservices.
- Ability to handle real-time application integration.
- API lifecycle management.
- Monitoring and management.
Azure Logic Apps
Azure Logic Apps helps build mission-critical integration workflows to integrate applications and data across on-premise and cloud, and to orchestrate microservices/workflows. It provides a host of connectors that help connect with on-premise systems, cloud systems, Cognitive Services, the Azure IoT Suite, Azure Storage Blob, Office 365, SalesForce, Azure Event Grid, etc. It provides support for industry-standard protocols like AS2, X12, EDIFACT, etc., as well as the capability to process XML messages, flat files, and the like.
It provides an easy to use visual designer interface, which supports the easy creation of workflows. Logic Apps can be coupled with Azure Functions to include custom code if required.
Azure Logic Apps provides a host of connectors that include standard connectors for connecting to:
- Power BI
- zure Blob Storage
- Event Hub
- On-premise connectors such as :
- Oracle DB
- BizTalk Server
- Integration account connectors which provide support for transforming and validating XML, decoding, supporting standard formats like X12, and enterprise connectors for connecting to SAP, MQ, etc.
A logic app consists of actions, triggers, workflows, and flow controls.