Integration concerns must be addressed for hybrid cloud, expert says

Many companies reluctant to take the full plunge into a public cloud computing migration have decided to instead deploy hybrid clouds that mix both public and private hosted services. By doing so, these organizations can leverage the benefits of the technology while ensuring critical data is protected.

However, as a recent SYS-CON Media report pointed out, the hybrid cloud is not something that a company can deploy worry-free. In fact, contributor Bijush Ramachandran, a technology architect with Infosys, said there is much to think about when utilizing a hybrid model, especially when it comes to integration.


"Though hybrid cloud is being considered the future, there is a wide range of integration and interoperability concerns that still need to be addressed before more enterprises can successfully start adopting this model," he wrote.

Ramachandran's report highlighted some of these areas.

1. Connectivity between hosted services 

Any business integration strategy for a hybrid cloud environment should start with the connections between public and private applications and services, the report stated. Many CIOs talk about eliminating silos, but that will be impossible if data can't pass freely between cloud systems. 

In addition to A2A integration, the company must also ensure that its network can handle the heavy load produced when migrating large amounts of data, according to the expert. Whether the service is public or private, it still depends on the same internet connection.

2. Data security 

When data is moving between hosted systems it may become more vulnerable to a cyberattack or breach. When utilizing a business integration solution, a company should ensure that all such security loopholes are plugged so that information can be passed along without concern. 

The SYS-CON Media report argued that data should always be encrypted prior to a transmission. 

3. Access control 

This is another data security consideration that should be taken into account, according to Ramachandran. 

When information is housed in a hybrid cloud system, companies will want to restrict access to it to only a limited number of employees. When using encryption, just a certain group of employees within a company should have the ability to decrypt and view the information. 

Furthermore, especially for public services, companies should determine who within the vendor's organization can access the data. 

Experts agree that many business integration solution providers have recognized the need for such services in a hybrid environment and have tailored several new offerings accordingly.