Throughout the last decade or so, as cloud adoption has spread throughout enterprises across wide-ranging industries, various forms of cloud computing have taken shape. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and software as a service (SaaS) are some of the most common, but there are many companies searching for more ways to take advantage of expansive integration capabilities. This form of cloud computing is integration platform as a service (iPaaS), and an iPaaS architecture is growing in popularity for a variety of reasons.
An iPaaS architecture gives enterprises a central portal to manage, govern, and integrate all your cloud-based applications. IPaaS vendors design solutions to connect cloud applications and services while also controlling your integration flows throughout the enterprise.
Why Businesses Seek iPaaS Solutions
Within an enterprise, it can quickly become overwhelming to find an efficient way to manage all your applications, business processes, and systems. That’s what makes iPaaS so appealing, because it is built to integrate the different cloud services in a seamless way. Here are some of the reasons enterprises specifically look to an iPaaS architecture to address their integration use cases.
When enterprises choose to build their environment on-premise, the costs can quickly escalate given all the resources required to manage and maintain the solution. From maintaining an in-house integration system to hiring consultants to developing custom connections, costs can rise in a hurry. Because iPaaS is utilized as a service, enterprises can avoid some of the costs that come from a traditional integration model.
Better API Management
Effective API management has become a difficult and arduous task as organizations look beyond the technical need of APIs and deploy more business-oriented APIs. Many companies seek an iPaaS solution because it offers a single, centralized platform to manage all their APIs and API development cycles while having the ability to flexibly scale as needed. From there, an enterprise can better create or deploy an API and add new capabilities.
One of the biggest concerns (if not the biggest) enterprises have in regard to cloud computing is security, or lack thereof. An iPaaS solution can reduce the risk of a data breach because the vendor constantly manages the system and infrastructure. IPaaS vendors also provide verification and authentication procedures for the various data flows streaming in from all over the business ecosystem.
An enterprise’s IT environment can get complicated in a hurry. A central portal that connects all your software, applications, and business processes is vital for efficiency. Going further than simply being connected, however, is that all these different business processes must communicate and work cohesively. Enterprises have embraced iPaaS because it gives businesses the flexibility to integrate all the cloud and on-premise applications and sync that data.
Important Aspects of an iPaaS Architecture
An iPaaS architecture offers a lot of promise, but enterprises generally look for some common features and capabilities during the discovery and selection phases. Some of the things to look for in an iPaaS architecture include:
- The ability to integrate with new data sources and other business processes
- Data reliability, uptime, and security
- Management solutions, including API management
- Monitoring solutions that provide end-to-end visibility
- Ability to scale and adapt to meet evolving enterprise needs
- Storing data on-premises, in the cloud, and in a hybrid scenario
Cloud iPaaS vs. Hybrid iPaaS
An iPaaS architecture can take a variety of shapes, but its most common is as a service deployed through the cloud. And that’s OK if you want to leverage all your integration capabilities in a cloud environment. There is, however, a hybrid iPaaS architecture that can be used for private cloud deployment as well as a hybrid iPaaS model that offers on-premise capabilities in addition to the cloud capabilities. This method might feature agents that allow the cloud platform to connect and integrate on-premise servers or applications.
For instance, a convenience store chain might have a cloud platform through which it runs and manages its overall integration processes, but each of its stores might have an on-premise agent that captures and stores point-of-sale data and moves it back to the corporate cloud. The corporate office also could move promotional information, update inventory data, and roll out updates and changes to each agent via the centralized cloud platform.
Choosing the Right iPaaS Solution
Cleo Integration Cloud is a next-generation iPaaS solution that is focused on providing businesses multi-enterprise and intra-enterprise integration solutions. It leverages integration technology that manages cloud interactions to ensure customers’ current and future business potential is realized.
Additionally, Cleo Integration Cloud was recognized as a G2 Crowd iPaaS leader, which is determined by customer satisfaction based on user reviews and scale based on market share, vendor size, and social impact. That’s because Cleo’s platform connects systems, applications, clouds, people, and processes that are critical to the modern business workflow and quantifiably improves how businesses execute their operations.
Learn how the Cleo integration Cloud iPaaS platform can address your integration and business needs today.