Check out this interview with Dr. Chris Boorman over on the BeyeNetwork. He very succinctly defines cloud computing as “computing that is beyond the firewall of an enterprise.” He goes on to break “the cloud” down into the following categories:
- Software as a Service (SaaS)
- Platform as a Service (PaaS)
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
As “the cloud” further fragments enterprise data, he stresses that “data is the DNA of a company” so it is important to be able to answer the following questions:
- How do you remain in control of your data?
- How do you ensure that the data and the apps you’re running beyond the firewall are synchronized with the applications you have within the firewall?
- How do you trust your data?
What should an enterprise look for in cloud data integration?
1. An organization that:
- Understands cloud computing and is viable
- Offers choice to solve the problem from within the enterprise (inside-out), Or from outside the enterprise (outside-in)
- Has a track record of customer success in providing cloud data integration
2. Technology solutions that:
- Provide simple self-service browser-based solutions for business users while providing IT with the overall visibility of who is doing what with the data
- Reside where the data exists – either alongside the SaaS application, or on the IaaS platform, or on-premise
- Share metadata across SaaS, IaaS and on-premise in order to remain in control of all distributed data assets wherever they reside