Over the past few weeks I’ve been talking to a lot of Informatica customers about data integration delivered as an on-demand service. We’ve been hosting a Breakfast in the Cloud event in many cities as part of the Informatica 9 World Tour and the interest in the topic of cloud integration has been overwhelming. We always spend quite a bit of time reviewing the architecture of Informatica Cloud Services to customers:
- A Secure Agent is downloaded to sit behind your firewall (or it could be running in a cloud environment).
- With the enterprise-class performance of Informatica PowerCenter, it is the Secure Agent that does all of the heavy lifting. It is a small footprint that is self-upgrading.
- A multitenant repository and an easy-to-use data integration interface designed for business self-service are delivered on demand. (You can watch a demo on our YouTube Channel.)
- Data is not staged in the Informatica Cloud. Instead a direct connection is established between the Secure Agent and Cloud apps or between applications, databases and files that are on premises.
It’s the last point that is often most surprising. Here are some of the questions that inevitably ensue when the lightbulb goes off:
“So I can use Informatica Cloud Services for “quick and dirty” data integration jobs like synchronizing data between two Oracle databases?”
“You mean Informatica Cloud Services doesn’t have to be used to integrate data from cloud-based applications like salesforce.com?”
“We’ve got Access databases everywhere. Can Informatica Cloud Services be used to help rein some of them in?”
“We don’t typically use the Informatica Platform for point-to-point integration projects. Can we use Informatica Cloud Services for that?”
Yes, Yes, Yes, and Yes.
As cloud integration continues to become a top priority for software, platform, and infrastructure as a service deployments (SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS), it’s important to remember that the right cloud-based (SaaS) integration solution should not be limited to cloud-based data integration use cases. In fact, we’re continuing to hear more and more interesting on-premises-only use cases for Informatica Cloud Services, whether it’s data synchronization, data replication, or data quality. I’ll be sharing more examples in my next post, but as always, I’m interested in hearing yours.