Solving the multicloud integration conundrum
The benefits of moving to the cloud have been long praised across industries. As organisations jump on the cloud bandwagon to improve everything from operational efficiency to business agility, it’s not surprising to find IDC forecast that cloud spending will reach $554 billion by 2021.
Untangling multicloud integration complexity
The move to the cloud isn’t as simple as just migrating applications to a new platform or switching from an on-premises service to a SaaS solution. In addition to re-architecting existing applications to run in the cloud, IT teams must preserve the integrations that connect their applications and data.
“As organizations build out this new integration layer, they will naturally form what is known as an application network, which provides IT with an architecture of reusable building blocks that can be used to rapidly connect new cloud services.”
Lighting the way with APIs
One key piece of technology in an integrated cloud architecture is the virtual private network (VPN). Not only can it provide both the speed and flexibility required to move data and applications across distributed architectures but it can also be implemented with built-in encryption to better secure data in motion.
Cloud integration requires careful planning, and if you lack the skills in-house, working with a trusted partner can help you quickly get your cloud environment fully functional, without costly mistakes along the way.
The key to overcoming these integration challenges lies in finding a way to modernize on-premises applications and data sources, in a way that enables them to co-exist with cloud infrastructure and SaaS applications.
This can best be achieved using APIs, or application programming interfaces, to build an integration layer that decouples on-premises data and applications from the systems they reside on.
This layer also acts as an intermediary between on-premises and cloud services, so applications remain completely neutral to the platform they reside on and maintain access to data and services as they move to the cloud.