Adoption of Cloud computing by enterprises is now enacted. From Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to Platform as a Service (PaaS) and of course Software as a Service (SaaS), the Cloud is pervasive and broadly used to deploy systems, applications, and more. Cloud deployments remain however very “siloed”, and systems running in the Cloud don’t always work well with on-premises systems.
Predict: In 2014, the dichotomy between Cloud-based and on-premises will become largely irrelevant. A broader use of virtualization, elastic deployment techniques, and hybrid integration platforms, will enable fully hybrid deployment modes.
Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) will of course play a critical role in this combination. One of the major obstacles to fully integrating Cloud-based systems with the rest of IT is the limitation of integration platforms that should enable the sharing of processes, the consistency of data, and the reuse of services. iPaaS that work only in the Cloud don’t help with on-premises integration – and vice-versa. In order to allow a full ubiquitous deployment of applications, regardless of where and how, a real, hybrid integration solution is needed.
Last year, I predicted the rise of the Cloud-Enabled Integration Platform. In 2014, hybrid integration will be taken to the next step, with iPaaS being the enabler that will allow Cloud and data center to be viewed as one single global IT resource.