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The Cloud Computing Challenge: Integrating Hybrid Applications

An exclusive Q&A with Ciaran Dynes, Senior Director of Product Management, Application Integration Division, Talend

"The cloud is not monolithic," observed Ciaran Dynes, Senior Director of Product Management, Application Integration Division, Talend, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. "IT departments will end up with a combination of on-premises systems, applications deployed in a private cloud, in the public cloud, and of course Software-as-a-Service systems," Dynes noted. "Integrating these hybrid applications causes numerous challenges due to the complexity of the architecture."

Cloud Computing Journal: How fast will the last remaining barriers to enterprise-wide cloud adoption melt away - are secure public clouds feasible, for example, or only private ones?

Ciaran Dynes: In the past few years, companies have been experimenting with cloud computing - kicking the tires, deploying prototypes, etc. After this experimentation phase, many companies are now ready to deploy some mission-critical applications in the cloud, but not their entire IT. Therefore, enterprises will need to continue to deal with heterogeneity issues. More specifically, issues linked to a hybrid environment. The cloud is not monolithic - IT departments will end up with a combination of on-premises systems, applications deployed in a private cloud, in the public cloud, and of course Software-as-a-Service systems. Integrating these hybrid applications causes numerous challenges due to the complexity of the architecture.

Key remaining concerns for full cloud migration include security, costs of migration, licensing issues with legacy software - and inertia plays no small role either.

Cloud Computing Journal: What is the biggest new dimension of consumer cloud computing? Is it Cloud Telecoms, Cloud TV, Cloud Music, or what?

Dynes: Cloud is hyped by consumer providers such as Apple. This is further proof that one needs to be very clear when explaining what they are doing in the cloud. Soon, "cloud" will be as broadly encompassing - and meaningless - as "computer."

Which application will be a winner in consumer technology - we won't venture to guess.

Cloud Computing Journal: How much of an influence on cloud adoption is the US Government's continuing support of cloud strategies for all government agencies?

Dynes: In European countries, government agencies have often been leading major IT trends. In the US, government technology adoption is typically behind the curve. The private sector does not need the US Government to lead the way for cloud adoption - it's already there.

Cloud Computing Journal: What impact does the arrival of Microsoft, Oracle, Dell, IBM, Cisco and the other giants have on the smaller cloud players?

Dynes: Giants help bring technology to the mainstream. Smaller players are agile and innovate faster. Cloud will be (is) no different. Having the ability to choose is critical for healthy competition.

Cloud Computing Journal: What can Cloud Expo attendees expect to see from you in Santa Clara?

Dynes: Enterprises going to the cloud need to deal with heterogeneity issues - more specifically, issues linked to a hybrid environment. Integrating on-premises systems, applications deployed in a private cloud, in the public cloud, and Software-as-a-Service systems causes numerous challenges due to the complexity of the architecture. Talend offers a unified integration architecture, based on enterprise-grade open source technologies, and ready for the cloud. Talend Cloud enables integration in hybrid environments as well as cloud deployments of integration processes. Visit us at Booth #818.

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