Cloud integration and its solutions

With its revolutionary milestones, cloud computing has introduced advanced solutions for enterprises. However, a somewhat overlooked component is cloud integration. Cloud integration has brought about an obstacle in the successful deployment of software as a service (SaaS).

A survey showed that 90% of cloud users brought up integration as a common, occurring hurdle while another 94% relayed integration with other systems to be an essential factor in their business.

Here are a few factors to consider when seeking cloud integration solutions:

1. Scalability and flexibility

Integration solutions based on point to point can offer SaaS to SaaS connectivity. Unfortunately, they are not flexible nor refined enough to meet complicated situations. Integration solutions should be able to support an array of integration flows across the cloud in all directions. It must also be scalable upwards as the endpoints increase.

2. Security

Security is still a primary concern for cloud users, and integration further complicates the issue. Cloud integration solutions should be able to verify and enable access to cloud resources and those on premises. Additionally, it needs to encode and store data while complying with all the stipulated regulations. There is steady growth in the number of SaaS applications, but mobile applications and social media services now need a secure means to link the cloud to the enterprise without risking their firewall.

3. An open platform

In a bid to address integration challenges, SaaS vendors have begun to provide cloud users with box connectors. However, the downside to using integration solutions offered by application vendors is that it limits an enterprise’s ability to select and manage its IT solutions freely. A cloud integration solution should ideally be an open platform for enterprises to migrate and integrate their data and applications easily.

4. Management

SaaS applications offer ease of use and convenience. However, its users are deprived visibility and control, especially with integration. The duty of maintenance and upgrades lie solely with the provider. Integration solutions should offer the ability to closely monitor visibility and control over data flow and other attributes lacking in SaaS applications at the moment.

Despite these challenges, cloud integration solutions are on the rise. Models such as Integration platform as a service (iPaaS) are coming up. Such models exercise flexibility and scalability. It aims to create a central point of interaction for applications across the cloud.

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