Integration as a Service is a cloud service delivery model for integration. Integration-as-a-Service delivers an integration solution that provides connectivity to backend systems, sources, files, and operational applications through the implementation of well-defined interfaces, web services, and calls between applications and data sources.
Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) is an emerging cloud integration solution that is capable of handling tough integration scenarios. As a platform for building and developing integrations in the cloud, iPaaS can be used for simple point-to-point integrations but also includes developer tools for creating custom integrations, seamlessly scaling up as the number of endpoints increases.
Integration as a Service
This provides users with a more loosely coupled environment, safe from complex interdependencies. The Integration-as-a-Service delivery model enables integration across the cloud, making it possible to share data between systems as well as third-party vendors in real-time.
Businesses employ Integration-as-a-Service initiatives in order to gain agility and automate business processes. Moreover, with the change in the way the IT landscape is structured, businesses seek a flexible solution that is capable of delivering connectivity between databases, applications, files, and sources residing on-premises and in the cloud.
Businesses have taken other approaches to ensure connectivity across the enterprise, including point-to-point integration. This approach calls upon experienced developers to build custom integrations between endpoints in order to allow seamless communication.
Point-to-point integration, although appearing to be simple at first, quickly becomes complicated. As the number of applications, services, and systems increases, custom code integration becomes an intertwined web of connectivity, quickly becoming “spaghetti architecture”. This tightly coupled infrastructure creates dependencies that result in complications when changes need to be implemented. The fragile structure is vulnerable to breaking at even the slightest modifications. With inevitable change, businesses need to be flexible, scalable, and future-proof.
Example of Integration as a Service
CloudHub is the world’s leading cloud-based integration platform as a service that gives businesses the ability to integrate applications, systems, and services on-premises or in the cloud. It helps organizations stay connected through cloud to cloud and cloud to enterprise integration, as well as social and API enablement. The cloud-based solution also gives businesses flexibility and control to overcome the number one sales barrier that SaaS vendors face – integration. CloudHub, working with the other components of MuleSoft’s Anypoint Platform™, gives businesses all they need to stay connected in a highly fragmented ecosystem.