Gartner Research

Comparing Four iPaaS-Based Architectures for Data and App Integration in Public Cloud

Published: 25 February 2016

ID: G00289852

Analyst(s): Mei Selvage


Integration platform as a service (iPaaS) accelerates data and application integration, improves agility and lowers initial costs. Integrators, architects and IT managers should adopt four proven iPaaS-based architectures for a smooth transition toward public cloud.

Table Of Contents


  • Key Decision Criteria When Choosing iPaaS-Based Architectures
    • Option 1. Cloud-to-Cloud Integration Architecture
    • Option 2. iPaaS-Centric Hybrid Architecture
    • Option 3. On-Premises-Centric Hybrid Architecture
    • Option 4. On-Premises Runtime Deployment Architecture


  • iPaaS Reference Model
  • Strengths of iPaaS
  • Limitations of iPaaS


  • Strategy
    • Support Enterprise, Application and Analytical Cloud Strategies
    • Address Root Causes of Integration Challenges
    • Design an Optimal Integration Architecture
  • People
    • Empower Businesspeople to Perform Self-Service Integration
    • Collaborate With Business to Select an Enterprise iPaaS Vendor
  • Governance
    • Leverage the ICC to Plan, Coordinate and Communicate
    • Transition Toward iPaaS Using a Phased Approach
    • Refresh Enterprise Data and Application Governance to Handle Changes
  • Technology
    • Manage SLAs Rigorously
    • Demand Transparency From Vendors

The Details

  • iPaaS Marketplace
  • Case Studies of Four iPaaS-Based Architectures
    • Case Study of the Cloud-to-Cloud Architectural Pattern
    • Case Study of the iPaaS-Centric Architecture
    • Case Study of the On-Premises-Centric Architectural Pattern
    • Case Study of the On-Premises Deployment Architecture

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