integration platforms in hybrid cloud

integration platforms in hybrid cloud



Developing on premises is old time tradition to create dedicated computing environment for the business, and to empower an organisation in the computing space. However, the required skills, infrastructure and effort that eventually add to the organisation’ cost.

To compete in the industry it is crucial for the businesses to use the investments to the business development having the least investment to the technical platform that was already purchased long time ago.

The technology is getting specialised, more compliant to the standards, better suitable for managing from the central place that now days is named cloud. In other words, the ongoing outsourcing process is becoming central in the organisations.

Local IT becomes more Devops with the cloud interfaces enabling streamlined applications development and operations. The continuous development and deployment processes helps the organisations to separate the concerns and to simplify the view of the big picture from any process point.

The cloud is the evolution of the internet with the network getting faster and remote capabilities more diversified. It begins with the remote storage, and thereafter the virtualised infrastructure that becomes more sophisticated, and the cloud providers become more capable and competitive.

Storage provides space, security and replication to insure consistency and reliability of the data, while the applications are still on premises and connectivity might appear a challenge. So the hybrid cloud needs to evolve further to offer cohesive services from one logical platform.

Operating systems migrate to cloud to follow the data required by the business applications that are hosted on the operating systems. Now organisation still has to manage their own services platform at the remote locations. The solutions is that the integration products vendors offer these platforms in the cloud to use configuration and development interfaces in the cloud. The platform includes on the containerisation technologies, is scalable and reliable.

Less domestic issues provides much desired focus on the business issues. With less uncertainty and grey areas the business has more confidence in defining the timeliness of the new functional developments and improvements.

Lesser time to market and higher ROI suggest that organisation is likely to make more business investments.

The organisation is using now the local devices such as laptops and in-house personal computers to get access to and use the virtual service platform in the cloud. Some development tools are still accessed local, but the new cloud interfaces are rapidly becoming more useful. The iPaaS operations become more streamlined, and more standardised elements are outsourced to the cloud support.

The issues with the best-fit licensing model becomes simplified with the transactions accounting in the cloud. Although, some core services are still in a need for tuning to the optimal performance based on the nature of the adopted products. The performance tuning of iPaaS is instrumental to justify and minimise the licensing investments, and use the budget for the business development.

Middleware consulting is assisting with the architecture and support of the chosen integration products across the various operating systems in the basic, virtualised, dockerised environments.

The consulting expertise is based on the long time experience and industry certifications in

        • WebSphere Application Server
        • WebSphere Message Broker
        • WebSphere Data Power
        • webMethods Integration Bus
        • ApplinX Server
        • EntireX broker
        • Adabas Natural integration
        • Terracotta Big Memory
        • SAP/PI integration
        • Oracle Aqualogic

With the understanding of the needs of the infrastructure and business development the projects are better planned and executed.

In our definitions Project Plan = Statement of Work ( Skills * Timeline)

The realistic estimations considering the multiple inter-dependencies is crucial, and the key points below help to deliver the statement of work and later, the detailed project plan.

  • Clear articulate the expected business benefits
  • Map the business and technical capabilities to the infrastructure products
  • Understand the bottlenecks and points of failure in the infrastructure
  • Review the operating systems and networks configuration
  • Review the service platforms’ components configuration
  • Assess the service platforms’ components migration path, i.e. the versions upgrade and patching
  • Propose the configuration changes to optimise the services platform
  • Assess the impacts of the cloud outsourcing and further the environment containerisation


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