Understanding The Three Major Pillars Of Cloud Integration

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Cloud computing used to be one of the major solutions for complex data storage and utilization, but in today’s multi-cloud world, it now presents another question: How should you tackle cloud integration in a multi-cloud world today? For starters, you need to understand the three major pillars of cloud-based integration. Let’s find out more!

Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)

In a multi-cloud world, there is a continuous process of giving-and-taking of data. It is also happening at an astronomical rate. In the process, individuals may make the mistake of exposing sensitive data to other departments within one’s organization, and perhaps external parties as well. APIs are the engine that enables data transactions to take place. Today, the modernization of API handling has become an important aspect of Information Technology.

You should always aim to simplify the way you handle APIs. You should work with a solution to create your needed APIs in an automated manner. Next, you should set role-based permissions before enabling movement of data. Developer should then work on their respective platforms by leveraging on community and subscription management, as well as API packaging constructs. From there, you should be able to gain insights on how your APIs create the largest impact in your organization. You will be able to identify options that allow you to monetize data sets and/or open up additional revenue streams.

Let’s look at this example:

An organization developed a cloud platform that is API-driven to help them solve a key business challenge. They aimed to support their developers in a unique agile development environment. Their chosen solution allowed them to decrease the time needed to deliver resources to developers by more than 90%, from several days to mere seconds.

Messaging

At the deepest levels of your infrastructure, messaging is something you can always count on. It is almost like a utility that is assumed to always work. However, different cloud platforms make it challenging to run the same type of messaging architecture in a universal manner.

In today’s digital landscape, end-to-end encryption and meeting security requirements across your messaging environment are critical. Beyond that, if a messaging queue is interrupted, you may experience redundancy issues that cause messages to back up, being sent in an disorderly fashion, being delivered more than one time, or nothing happens at all. These issues can cause transactions to fail at mission-critical business stages.

When it comes to cloud integration, you need to choose a solution that can handle billions of messaging transactions daily. They should also ensure each message is delivered one-time only and comes with end-to-end encryption. Check what you are running now in your data center. Ask yourself if you are getting the most out of your investment.

Application Management

A decade ago, there were often debates about what would make a first-rate app. Today, the IT industry realized there is no such thing as the ultimate application. Applications of all sorts have led cloud computing to the point that established firms have hundreds of apps operating at any given moment across one or more clouds.

It is pertinent that developers find a way to quickly connect applications without creating a bottleneck. Today, there are app management tools that allow developers to create connectors between apps and automate workflows without the need for specialized training. This means that line-of-business stakeholders do not have to wait long for IT to work with custom connectors. IT teams, on the other hand, are not as bogged down.