Getting Started with Hybrid Cloud Integration
According to projections by Gartner, a continued 'shift' to the cloud will account for around $1 trillion in IT spending between now and the end of the decade.
Cloud services – whether focused on applications, infrastructure, or business process management – offer huge advantages to businesses in terms of increased agility, the ability to innovate and lower costs.
This has raised questions about the degree to which organisations retain and use traditional IT assets, and legacy systems. As organisations strike their own balance between cloud and legacy, arguably the biggest trend in today's IT market reflects an acknowledgement that each have their role to play. As a result, a majority of businesses are opting – either strategically or by default - for a ‘hybrid’ approach.
For some, this means the adoption of a hybrid cloud strategy, through which organisations use third party providers alongside in-house systems built on ‘as a service technologies.’ More commonly though, a hybrid approach involves businesses retaining traditional in-house IT while also using the cloud.
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Why go hybrid?
There are good reasons for adopting a hybrid approach - not least the reluctance to write off a whole swathe of in-house applications and infrastructure ranging from servers and databases through to accountancy software or CRM tools.
However, one of the questions that all organisations have to ask when assessing the risks and benefits of migrating a particular IT function to the cloud, is whether managers are comfortable with business-critical and/or sensitive data being managed by third parties.
In our eGuide ‘Getting Started with Hybrid Cloud Integration’ we will be looking at the importance of taking a Hybrid approach to cloud integration, and what makes it different to alternative strategies.
We’ll discuss at the advantages of using the correct tools in order to fully realise Hybrid Cloud integration, and in particular at the role MuleSoft (PaaS) can play. How a single platform approach allows the creation of an application network that is not only scalable, but managers can monitor activity on the network, making governance easier.
In addition, we'll be looking at the resourcing, technical and business challenges associated with integration and leveraging QA Consulting’s experience to recommend appropriate solutions and a realistic remediation roadmap.
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