Gartner Research

Comparing Cloud-Based Application Integration Architectures

Published: 17 March 2014

ID: G00261464

Analyst(s): Gonzalo Ruiz

Summary

Organizations often cite integration as an issue that inhibits the ability to adopt cloud services. Architects must adapt their practices to address the challenge of cloud integration. This research compares three cloud-based architectures that organizations can use to build a solid integration strategy.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings

Comparison

Analysis

  • Evaluating Cloud-Based Integration Architectures
    • Assessment Assumptions
    • Unique Challenges of Cloud Services Integration
    • Cloud Design Principles and Patterns
  • Evaluation Framework
  • Canonical Cloud Integration Scenarios
  • Application Integration Capabilities
  • Option 1: iPaaS
    • Commercial Aspects
    • Development and Deployment Workflow
    • Project Requirements
    • Project Context
    • Appropriateness for Canonical Integration Scenarios
    • Summary
  • Option 2: Cloud MOM
    • Commercial Aspects
    • Development and Deployment Workflow
    • Understand the Limits and Constraints
    • Authentication and Authorization
    • Project Requirements
    • Project Context
    • Appropriateness for Canonical Integration Scenarios
    • Summary
  • Option 3: IaaS-Hosted Integration Middleware
    • Commercial Aspects
    • Development and Deployment Workflow
    • Project Requirements
    • Project Context
    • Appropriateness for Canonical Integration Scenarios
    • Summary
  • Recommendations
    • Plan for a Hybrid Integration Strategy
    • Build Integration Capabilities Incrementally
    • Start With New Use Cases and Deprioritize Strategic Migrations

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