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Using Dell Boomi Extensions

Dell Boomi provides the concept and implementation of extensions to allow developers and administrators to have distinct values for different environments without having to use multiple connectors of the same type.

As an example in a given scenario where a Dell Boomi Process uses a disk connector to read a file but the file location changes from environment to environment.

EG:
1. Test Server file folder location: C:\TEST\Inbound
2. QA Server file folder location: C:\QA\Inbound
3. Production Server file folder location: C:\PROD\Inbound

If there is no good understanding of extensions by the implementation team they may have a separate connector for each environment and deploy each connection thereby consuming a license in your Dell Boomi AtomSphere. This will most likely look something like this:extblogdisk1

To be very clear: this approach does work but will consume three connections/licenses and does not leverage the best practice of the usage of extensions for variable runtime-set environment configuration parameters.

The disk specific file folder configurations would be contained in each Disk Connection as shown below here:extblogdirectories

 

When using the best practices approach for Dell Boomi the disk connections should only be created once generically and might look something like this in the Atom’s artifact explorer:

extblogbpdisk1

The point being there only needs to be one disk Connection that is configurable in the process as “Extended” with configuration values assigned at the time of deployment or at any time after deployment during run time.

Let’s create a very simple process that uses our Disk1 Connector and demonstrate how to configure the same disk connector for three environments.

The process might look something like this:

extblogprocess1

extblogtestextension

 

extblogunselect

extblogenvironments

 

extblogrepeathisprocess

Dell Boomi AtomSphere

The Dell Boomi AtomSphere integration platform is a shared-everything, multi-tenant platform that supports cloud-to-cloud, SaaS-to-SaaS, cloud-to-on-premises, on-premises-to-on-premises and B2B integration. Boomi AtomSphere supports real-time integration and elastically scales to meet high-volume needs in mobile, batch (ETL) and EDI environments. Easily accessed via a browser, it delivers an impressive range of integration, master data management (MDM) and platform extension capabilities.

Tallan Integration Solutions for Dell Boomi Tallan is a certified Dell Boomi Partner specializing in iPaaS platform integrations. Leverage Tallan’s vast integration experience for your AtomSphere platform needs.  Our certified architects and developers provide the expertise, best practices, and guidance to deliver a successful integration solution.

We hope this blog will help you in your use of AtomSphere. If you have any questions or comments, or need assistance with any Integrations or development questions, please contact us at integrations@tallan.com.

Thank you,

The Tallan Integrations Team

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