Appian Portal is a new way to use Appian unauthenticated at scale with anyone, anywhere, at any time.
Designed for high performance and elastic scaling by using microservices architecture.
Use Appian to build public experiences for anonymous users at any scale.
Appian Portals: the new front door to your public-facing apps. Cloud-native and elastically scalable, Portals are the new way to connect Appian applications and external users.
-- Matt Calkins, Founder and CEO
We've made it possible to deploy a single SAIL UI as a microservice that scales elastically, independently of any Appian instance. This has the benefits of anonymous access and elastic scale; however, since it is a microservice separate from the rest of the Appian environment, only a subset of normal Appian functionality is available.
No. Portals are designed within your existing Appian environment, and Appian handles the deployment as a Cloud microservice. No additional environments are required.
A Portal can use HTTP integrations to connect to web services, as well as invoking Appian Web APIs to access data and start processes on Appian environments. In addition, we're working on a new elastically scaling data storage service that Portals will be able to access directly. These capabilities will allow Portals to work with your existing web services as well as capture data for and display data from your existing Appian environments.
Portals are published at their own public web URLs. They are not dependent or accessed through existing Appian environments or Mobile apps.
Portals forms will render on supported mobile browsers (at the public URLs mentioned above), however Portals will not be available as a stand-alone mobile app.
Portals are designed using the same tools in Appian Designer, and published from your Appian environment. While the development experience is the same, the overall app design will need to account for the architecture of Portals. This primarily means avoiding the features that don't work, and using Web APIs or our elastic data service to manage data. Specific best practices, examples, and other enablement will be published ahead of or alongside the public release of Portals.
Scale and isolation are primary focus areas for Portals. Since they are deployed in a Cloud microservice outside the normal Appian environment, Portals are inherently isolated. The microservice they are deployed in can scale rapidly and elastically to almost any user load (including scaling down when there is no user activity).
As we build tools for connecting to the data and processes of your Appian environments from Portals, we will continue to focus on making it clear how to segregate both user load and data security between your public and authenticated applications.
Appian Portals are currently in a closed beta; the pricing and release date are not yet available. Due to high interest, we are providing regular updates about our progress; please sign up below to learn more via periodic email updates.