eBook-How iPaaS Supports Hybrid IT

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Market Trends White Paper Copyright 2014 Dell Boomi, Inc. All rights reserved. How iPaaS Supports Today's Hybrid IT Environments As cloud-based application adoption gains traction in enterprises around the world, IT managers must find ways to solve a perpetual problem in IT: how to connect new technology and existing technology. In this case, how to connect cloud applications and data with their on- premises legacy systems, also called hybrid IT. This paper explores a couple of options for cloud application integration and their benefits, challenges and suitability for hybrid IT integration. Today's Hybrid IT Environments SaaS & Cloud Growth Given their many benefits, including relevance to solve specific business problems, ease of use, speed of acquisition and scalable cost structure, SaaS applications are being adopted at a rapid rate. According to Gartner, the SaaS applications market is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 20.2% from 2011 through 2017. Annualized SaaS end-user spending will grow from a base of $14.4 billion in 2011 to $45.6 billion in 2017. And public cloud service growth is also accelerating: Gartner forecasts that the market for public cloud services will grow by 16.9% CAGR from 2011 to 2017. In 2013, the market is an estimated $131.7 billion while in 2017, it's projected to be $244 billion. 1 So companies are adopting new applications as SaaS instead of on-premises, and they are migrating a significant number of on-premises applications to the cloud. They are doing this for the many advantages that can be derived from cloud solutions, including business agility, time to value, ease of use and predictable costs. IT is often left to monitor and manage this mixed environment of decentralized applications and data silos. This decentralized, heterogeneous environment characterizes hybrid IT. Hybrid IT Brings New Benefits & Challenges IT and business leaders are finding ways to reap the many benefits of merging new business- specific SaaS applications with internal enterprise IT systems and managing data across them. Integrating these disparate applications enables companies to aggregate operational data, automate and accelerate business processes and make informed critical business decisions. Key to overcoming the challenges of a decentralized infrastructure to achieve these business benefits are high-performing, scalable and resilient solutions that integrate applications and data, regardless of where the applications and data reside. Comparing Middleware and iPaaS Suitability for Hybrid IT Integration Among the integration solutions that can address these requirements are traditional middleware and Integration Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS) solutions. We'll discuss the capabilities and suitability of each for integrating hybrid IT environments. Traditional Middleware for Integration Middleware is one solution companies use to integrate applications, databases, APIs, protocols, even older legacy systems across their networked environment. Middleware is designed with a "hub- and-spoke" architecture to route data from various applications through a bus. Companies have long turned to traditional middleware to handle integration across a set of applications, usually in tightly-controlled IT environments where applications and data are centrally located and managed. This approach is most suitable for use behind the firewall. Supports Complex Integration Scenarios Middleware was designed to support enterprise integrations within a complex environment where multiple protocols, protocol conversion, data transformation, data-based routing, support for

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