Cloud-based integration

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[1]Cloud-based integration (also known as integration platform as a service or IPaaS) is a form of systems integration delivered as a cloud service that addresses data, process, service-oriented architecture(SOA) and application integration use cases.[2]

Emergence[edit]

Prior to the emergence of cloud computing, integration could be categorized as either internal or business to business (B2B). Internal integration requirements were serviced through an on-premises middleware platform and typically utilized a service bus to manage exchange of data between systems. B2B integration was serviced through EDI gateways or value-added network (VAN). The advent of SaaS applications created a new kind of demand which was met through cloud-based integration.[3] Since their emergence, many such services have also developed the capability to integrate legacy or on-premises applications, as well as function as EDI gateways.

Identification[edit]

While the features regarded as essential in order to classify a cloud-based integration service as such are debated, the following are commonly accepted:[2]

  • Deployed on a multi-tenant, elastic cloud infrastructure
  • Subscription model pricing (opex, not capex)
  • No software development (required connectors should already be available)
  • Users do not perform deployment or manage the platform itself
  • Presence of integration management & monitoring features

Significant Players[edit]

Following is a list of significant industry players.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gartner. "Gartner Market Guide For iPaaS". Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Gartner; Massimo Pezzini; Paolo Malinverno; Eric Thoo. "Gartner Reference Model for Integration PaaS". Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Stefan Reid. "B2B meets cloud based integration (CBI)". Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Gartner Who's Who in Integration Platform as a Service, Aug 2013". 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Gartner Platform as a Service: Definition, Taxonomy and Vendor Landscape, 2012". p. 19.