Software AG just confirmed what you probably already intuitively know.
In the company's recently released take on the Internet of Things and technology in general, it notes that integration will be more critical than ever in 2015.
"The heart of communication from the Internet of Things lies in integration technology and 2015 will be the year its importance reaches new heights in the marketplace," noted Mark Herring, senior vice president of product marketing at the the Darmstadt, Germany-based enterprise software company.
Among its predictions: the cloud-only environment is dead. Going forward nearly 80 percent of all integration projects will require cloud and on-premise connectivity. "Because of this," the company predicts, "privacy and data security issues and existing legacy applications will force a hybrid integration model."
Vendors are responding to this trend with a slew of offerings that cater to this evolving environment. This is good news, of course, for users. Until, that is, these users actually set out to implement these technologies.
In short, like all new technologies, initial deployment attempts are rarely pretty as we explained in part 1 of this article.
CMSWire spoke with experts in this space looking for advice on how to facilitate these projects. Here is what we learned.
3 Key Facts
In 2015, Software AG states bluntly, "companies will look to integrate anything with everything." With that as a given, here are some essential tips to understand.
1. It's Not Either/Or
"One common misconception we often see is the presumption that hybrid environments are only relevant to virtualized public and private clouds," said Andrew McBath, senior director of product and strategic marketing at Internap. "Even the National Institute of Standards and Technology fixates on cloud when describing hybrid infrastructure deployments.
But what Internap sees most often in the field is customers sharing and moving workloads across a diverse range of hosting environments. These range from legacy co-located equipment to on premise private clouds to public clouds that include options for bare metal and virtualized instances, he says.
"The common thread isn’t the cloud. It's the ability to bind environments together through an orchestration platform that enables data and applications to be quickly and easily managed, regardless of the infrastructure choice."
2. Think Hard About the Interface
Make sure that the public cloud has a simple cloud management interface, said Michael Starostin, CTO of PlexHosted, a managed cloud hosting company.
The master role in hybrid cloud is dedicated to private cloud, he explains. So matter what public cloud service is used to expand the infrastructure that service needs to have a simple interface.
"For small deployments, regular web-based control panels would be useful. In the other cases you probably want to make sure that your cloud service provider has an API that can automate deployment and management processes and you can utilize this API from the private cloud platform that you already have."
3. Stay Flexible: It's a Dynamic Space
Yes the enterprise market is moving toward a hybrid cloud model and no the market has not defined what a hybrid cloud model looks like, said Rani Osnat, vice president of Strategic Marketing and Customer Experience at CTERA.
"Flexibility, therefore, is the name of the game," he said. "Different enterprises will require different ways of balancing what will remain in their datacenters and what will go out to public cloud providers. Once determined, that equilibrium will in itself be subject to change as the technology evolves and as the enterprise needs change."