Hybrid integration is where you integrate cloud-based services and on-premises systems and applications of your business to work as a cohesive unit. Most modern enterprises have already implemented, or are looking at implementing, a hybrid integration strategy within their enterprise architecture.
Why do enterprises take this path when they can either have everything in the cloud or on-premises? There are several reasons for this.
More and more enterprises are moving their IT infrastructure and services to the cloud to gain the benefits of lower IT infrastructure costs, greater QoS, faster time to market, and improved reliability of the services.
Some of the well-known enterprise solutions are only available as SaaS solutions; to integrate these with on-premises systems, enterprises need a hybrid integration solution.
Due to regulations or policies, companies cannot move all their data into the cloud, and can only move some of their systems.
Organizations tend to move their existing systems into the cloud in a phased approach to reduce the impact on the business. So, they are looking at hybrid integration solutions to gradually move their entire system to the cloud.
Hybrid integration platforms (HIPs) securely and seamlessly integrate on-premises and cloud-based applications. These platforms have built-in capabilities to integrate with most of the well-known cloud services as well as on-premises applications using the support for standard and proprietary protocols with a minimal amount of configuration.
Different vendors provide hybrid integration platforms that support on-premises deployments, managed cloud deployments, as well as integration platforms (iPaaS). You can read more about the things you should consider when selecting your HIP provider in our article Top Ten Things to Look for in a Hybrid Integration Platform.
With the wide adoption of cloud services, mobile applications, and IoT devices, enterprises will not be able to keep up with the competition without hybrid integration platforms. These platforms reduce the development costs and time involved in integrating cloud and on-premises systems by providing the following.