Monday, August 12th, 2013
What is cloud integration?
Cloud integration is the process of bringing data from on-premise systems and cloud systems together so that the data can be accessed from anywhere there is an Internet connection. The term “cloud integration” is typically used in the context of enterprises joining various software-as-a-service (SaaS) apps together with an organization’s own onsite apps located behind firewalls. For example, an enterprise might use a CRM cloud system, such as Salesforce, in conjunction with its own on-premise database.
The proliferation of SaaS apps used by both the private and public sector over the last five years has driven the need to bring everything together in a cohesive manner for data management – including pre-cloud server systems with cloud-based systems. As data rapidly increases in volume and variety, the cloud is up to the challenge of handling the demands of big data. However, enterprises aren’t necessarily going to ditch their on-premise servers any time soon – hence the need for integration.
What are the benefits?
What are the challenges?
How do I get started?
Open platforms are ideal for cloud integration when they empower an enterprise with the ability to migrate data as well as to integrate it. Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) works as a stand-alone platform that provides cloud integration services and can administer various different integration patterns, in addition to point-to-point. In fact, Gartner predicts that, “by 2016, at least 35% of all large and midsize organizations worldwide will be using one or more iPaaS offerings in some form.” Check out companies such as CloudWork, IFTTT, MuleSoft, CloudHub, and SnapLogic, which all offer iPaaS products.