There is a lot of hype around Cloud Integration at the moment and perhaps most of you already know or have an idea of what it is, but I thought I would write a few words anyway and explain what benefits can be achieved with this approach to data integration.
In the old days (or a few years ago) data integration software was mainly hosted on-premise and external electronic B2B transactions were sent via value-added networks (VANs). For traditional EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) transactions this still seem to be the de facto standard used.
However, with the emergence of more SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) offerings such as Salesforce.com and others, the requirement arose for a simple way to interchange data with other systems, such as internal legacy systems, and cloud based integration was born.
Cloud based integration may not solve all problems when it comes to data integration, but it is definitely a step in the right direction, with many benefits over the traditional in-house approach. Most Cloud integration vendors are offering features such as:
- Elastic infrastructure that allows for seamless scalability with increase in demand
- Pre-built Connectors for many software packages means significantly less development
- Subscription based pricing means you only pay for what you use
- Secure and encrypted data traffic removes the requirements of VAN infrastructure
- Highly resilient with built-in redundancy
- Web based monitoring from anywhere
- Multiple data centres across the globe for increased performance
With Cloud based integration, better networks and higher transfer speeds, I think we will see a lot more of real-time global enterprise data traffic where geographical boundaries will play a less significant role and diverse applications are instantly exchanging information across the world as changes occur.