Thursday, 2 April 2015 ehdf

Integrating the Cloud with Existing Architecture

With the rising popularity of the cloud and the numerous cost benefits associated with it, organizations are considering it for deploying many applications. However, most large enterprises already have existing sizeable investments in traditional hardware and are often concerned about how their on-premise applications and cloud will co-exist.

To simplify your journey to the cloud, we discuss key concerns and top tips

Top factors to consider before implementing cloud

CIOs must take into consideration some basic measures prior to implementing a hybrid cloud environment. Below is a list of best practices that should be kept in mind:

1. Assess your long-term business and infrastructure needs and consult with financial directors on IT budgets. This is important because reversing IT systems is time-consuming and costly

2. Full cloud integration may cause regulatory compliance issues as certain data must be secured internally. Enterprises must be wary of where they store different types of data

3. Ensure that the organization has effective data recovery and backup management tools in place in case of any data loss during synchronization

4. Maintenance of on-premise assets for reasons of legal compliance, data protection and security is key and must not be neglected

5. Factor in prior on-premise investment costs and degree of depreciation when migrating to an integrated system

Seamless Integration

There are softwares which enable real-time and seamless transfer of data, at optimal costs. These are designed to avoid a major architectural transformation, since there are numerous benefits to a hybrid approach.

In order to move to the cloud, enterprises do not have to discontinue their on-premise systems. By implementing hybrid integration, on-premise applications can be seamlessly integrated with cloud systems. By leveraging the right technology, enterprises can drive new business models through hybrid integration as a bridge between legacy and cloud systems.

Benefits of engaging a third party to manage the integration

By delegating integration responsibilities to a cloud hosting provider, in-house IT teams can concentrate on internal business functions and data maintenance rather than issues arising from implementation on new platforms. By outsourcing IT support, companies can also avoid pitfalls and pain points of integration, and enjoy the benefits of a cloud approach. These benefits include:

1. Scalability

2. Anytime anywhere access to information

3. Security offered through multiple channels, which creates a layer of defense for an enterprise

4. Redundancy of data

5. Long term cost efficiency

While business models and technology change rapidly, holding on to existing on-premise systems can become a hindrance for enterprises deciding to incorporate the rich interactive web and mobile experiences that users demand. We recommend that while integrating the organization’s existing architecture with the cloud, it is imperative to research and pursue best practices.

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