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Cloud Computing Integration – Challenges and Solutions

Cloud Computing Integration – Challenges and Solutions

I have been a long term supporter of what the cloud can do for your business, but I did not hold back from presenting what issues need to be overcome when performing a cloud computing implementation. Today, I would like to discuss the challenges of cloud computing integrations.

Often referred to as the ‘ugly part” of cloud computing.  Integration plays a crucial role if you want to deliver cloud based solutions to your business. Outlining a cloud strategy could be a time consuming and difficult process, but the planning part must also take into account the fact that the on – premises resources and infrastructure a company has must be coordinated with the applications to be hosted in the cloud.

According to this article, there are 5 areas that could pose challenges when it comes to cloud computing integration: backup, storage, network, security and management.  However, the information on the subject is quite scarce because many cloud implementations had an experimental character and people simply solved issues as they arose. A set of standards or best practices is yet to be put in place.

So, how do you get the data from in-house to the cloud, keeping in mind security and other data migration standards? There are automatic tools to help with your data migration between in house and  cloud applications, helping transfer the on-premise information, such as the one described here.

Here is also a list of companies offering support in terms of cloud computing integration.

You must also think about how you will coordinate upgrades: if the data or, most important, the infrastructure on premise changes, then the interfaces in the cloud might need to be adapted in order for these systems to communicate.

If you do not want to hire the services of a company specialized in this type of integration, but you also do not want to be caught unprepared, the solution to deal with possible integration issues  is to carefully plan in advance both the migration and the implementation.

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