With the advent of the new millennia, computer technology has seen many revolutionary ideas and has undergone through a rapid change in its dynamic outlook and functionalities. Cloud technology is one of them as it has brought a fresh new idea of transforming our cute little personal computers into a giant byte-crunching monster that can have all the power and capabilities of the most advanced mega-computers. The idea of cloud computing has been there since the early 70’s, but it was turned into reality since the 2000 and henceforth it has unveiled a plethora of possibilities and the vision of a whole new generation of super-computing.
Cloud computing is a very complex method that utilizes the Internet and many other services. No doubt it requires very efficient organizational management tools. On the basis of services there are different types of cloud computing platforms namely Iaas, Saas and PaaS. It is the SaaS (Software as a Service) that has recently become very popular among various organizations. Cloud Integration is a very important component of this software distribution model and hence it has also gained a huge momentum over the years. Cloud Integration can be simply explained as a configuration scheme for various application programs to communicate and exchange data within the cloud. In fact, Cloud Integration is offering a whole lot of advantages over the previous organizational tools.
Cloud Integration is a very dynamic organizational tool where in a real time system one can access any data from any device using the Internet. A user can dynamically integrate all the personal data using various applications based platforms. Personal applications can be brought under one hood while single user ID and login information can be used to access all the applications. Data integrity can be maintained very easily without any kind of conflicts.
Sadly, there are also various challenges obstructing the road ahead and they must be dealt with accurately. Simplification of Cloud Integration is very important so that the various organizations can access multiple SaaS applications with minimum intervention from the internal IT. No scope of Pre-Integration, lack of application awareness, complex design is some of the major issues that are acting as a hindrance. Isolation of PaaS from SaaS is also a major issue that requires keen attention in order to reduce errors. Owing to these facts, large number of users is either failing at cloud integration or are compelled to abandon the cloud as a whole.
But, the scenario is also changing rapidly owing to a handful of companies who are constantly developing more advanced and secure methods of Cloud Integration. Increased portability, pre-integration and ease of use have changed the whole dynamics of Cloud Integration and of the SaaS platform as a whole. Both the iPaaS and dPaaS models have developed rapidly into very powerful options with great prospects for the future. Integration of Private and Public Clouds to form Hybrid Clouds is going to become a trend. More and more Applications will become available in the cloud and as a whole Cloud computing is going to grow enormously.