Jitterbit, a open source data and application integration company, has launched the 3.0 release of its product. The new release includes the debut of the ‘MX’ Enterprise version of Jitterbit, which the company says is designed for especially large enterprise customers. MX joins the normal Enterprise version (which should be suitable for most businesses), as well as the Jitterbit Community product, which is available for free but doesn’t come with support.
In layman’s terms, Jitterbit helps applications and systems that wouldn’t normally be able to ‘talk’ to each other do just that, and it also helps automate some of the more tedious processes involved in data management, like transferring data between applications. Users map out which fields in various applications are linked, and then Jitterbit automatically handles the synchronization regardless of which protocol is being used.
The new version adds support for use by multiple users and across multiple servers simultaneously. It also includes a plug-in manager, which allows users to leverage the library of plugins that have been built by the community (examples include plugins that add encryption schemes or can scrape data from webpages). Finally, the company says that the application has significant performance boosts, as well as added support for JDBC-based systems and HTTP Endpoints.
Jitterbit launched its 2.0 release back in August 2008, introducing a drag-and-drop interface and a new business model that charges customers for a “rock-solid” version of the product that includes support (anyone is free to try out the ‘bleeding edge’ version on their own for free, but Jitterbit won’t provide support for it). Since then things have been going quite well for the company: Director of Online Marketing Daniel Oxenburgh says Jitterbit is currently on track to double the new customers it will acquire this year versus last year. Notable clients include NASA and Continental Airlines.