Hybrid cloud integration provides fast access to scalable data storage and cutting edge data processing technologies. But there are other reasons why companies are moving to hybrid cloud architectures. Because of regulations, data protection requirements, or mission-critical data in older systems, organizations sometimes have to keep at least some of their data on-premises while still moving some of their business operations to the cloud. And some organizations use multiple clouds, or both public and private clouds.
Hybrid architectures are becoming more and more common. Gartner estimates that by the year 2020, 90% of all organizations will have adopted a hybrid solution. In this article, we take a look at the 12 commandments of hybrid cloud integration: 8 of the most important hybrid cloud benefits and 4 things to consider as you plan your move to the hybrid cloud.
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8 Hybrid Cloud Integration Benefits
“Going cloud” may sound like a great idea, but we all want to know what a hybrid solution can do for our company, our data, and our situation. Hybrid integration provides more flexibility than on-site servers when it comes to managing data: companies gain access to additional computing capabilities that they can spin up or down as needed. Beyond this, hybrid cloud integration offers a range of benefits that can help a company maintain its competitive edge.
Pay-as-you-go pricing models and scalable features allow companies to control costs by only paying for the compute, network, and storage capacity they use. Hybrid solutions also reduce or eliminate the need to invest in additional hardware and infrastructure.
Cloud providers deploy the most advanced security measures available and have access to security expertise that individual companies may not be able to afford on their own. Built-in features automate many security protocols to protect your data and respond to threats as they emerge.
While the cost-savings potential of the cloud will appeal to all, hybrid integration also offers companies the chance to turn their data into a source of revenue by sharing it with their partners. The cloud makes these kinds of transactions easier by providing connectors that can extract and transform data of any type, from any source.
In addition to initial cost savings, cloud-native applications are managed by the provider, so developers can focus on new products and services instead of routine maintenance or repetitive tasks.
Developers need instant access to clean and reliable data. Hybrid integration breaks down silos to facilitate data migration and speed up delivery of critical information.
National and international compliance standards have grown increasingly complex. Regulations such as HIPAA, PCI DSS, GDPR and the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 have made it a challenge for companies to remain in-step with current legislation. Hybrid cloud platforms have the capacity to automate procedures to make compliance easier and reduce risk.
Data management mastery
Local, on-site servers may not have the capacity to collect, store, and analyze the massive amounts of data being generated by mobile devices and the IoT. A hybrid cloud solution provides unlimited storage and immediate access to the most advanced analytic tools available.
Hybrid cloud solutions support multiple integrations and help centralize management through a custom UX — a critical advantage for enterprises managing geographically distributed IT resources.
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Hybrid Cloud Integration - 4 Key Strategies
The prospect of combining cloud capabilities with on-site or legacy systems may seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. A data management tool can automate, simplify, and manage many aspects of hybrid cloud integration. Still, you’ll need an integration strategy to make sure you’re designing the hybrid solution that’s right for you. Here are four key steps to take as you prepare for hybrid integration:
Define your goals
Hybrid cloud solutions are highly customizable. Determine the gaps you’re trying to fill or the obstacles you want to overcome, and then decide which types or sources of data you want to integrate.
Plan for cohesion
Hybrid cloud integration is a complex process, and one that must be executed well in order to avoid unnecessary hiccups, problems, or failures. In order to make the transition seamless, a solid strategy, expert management, and adequate data integration tools must be deployed.
Prioritize security and privacy
Every company and organization grapples with security and privacy issues. With hybrid integration, data migrates between private and public, on-site and online compute resources. Decide who needs ownership of your security policies and put a plan in place. Keep in mind that cloud providers have access to state-of-the-art security and they have a vested interest in keeping your data safe, so you won’t have to face this challenge alone.
Define vendor liability
With a hybrid cloud solution, your company will be working with third-party vendors to manage and store your data. In the rare event of a security incident, failure, or natural disaster, you’ll want to make sure you know who is responsible for every facet of your data and processes.
Real Companies, Real Hybrid Cloud Benefits
Taking Local Data to Salesforce
International e-commerce giant myWorld connects over 70,000 merchants with 6M customers worldwide. All those transactions generate massive volumes of data, and that data has the potential to yield valuable business insights. myWorld knew it needed to migrate its data from local servers to Salesforce in order to make the most of it, but faced the additional challenges of needing to do so quickly, efficiently, and without any disruption of its services.
By deploying a cloud integration platform to manage the transition, myWorld was able to boost the speed of its integration and reduce time to deployment from 3 months to 6 weeks. myWorld merchants now have access to just-in-time information that allow issues to be resolved quickly and gives customers faster access to their shopper rewards programs.
Real-time Integration for Retail Success
Premium workwear brand Carhartt manufactures and distributes its products around the globe. The company sells its garments through multiple channels including its own retail and wholesale stores, licensed distributors, and online. Each channel maintained its own repository of data, and these information silos meant that changes in customer records in one location may not be quickly available elsewhere. Carhartt wanted to change that.
To overcome this obstacle, Carhartt deployed a Master Data Management platform that allowed all of their data to be consolidated and integrated. This also enabled data to be updated in near real time, so that customer information was continually up-to-date, regardless of the channel of origin. As a result, Carhartt was able to de-duplicate 50,000 customer records in the first six hours of implementation, and improve their customer service experience by always providing the most current information to its customers.
Get the Benefits, Go Hybrid
The benefits of hybrid cloud integration allow companies to control costs, expand their data management capabilities, and stay competitive during the data transformation. That’s why it’s critical to make use of the right tools and expertise to get your data integration strategy right.
Talend Cloud incorporates a full set of tools for implementing a hybrid cloud solution that works for your business. From collection and profiling to analysis and ETL, Talend Cloud provides end-to-end integration that aligns your current infrastructure with the data architecture of your dreams. Download a free trial today to see what hybrid cloud integration can do for your data.