Global uncertainty can be nerve wracking, but businesses that are resilient use this uncertainty to their advantage. If you have planned for resilient cloud integration with a modern strategy and next-generation Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS), this is the time to bet big on innovation. How well you succeed depends on how well-connected your systems are and how they withstand trials and failures. A modern integration strategy can bring agility and resiliency in your IT environment as you face unprecedented market changes and business demands.
As an integrator you cannot control the saturation level of every application. But you can reduce the number of points where failures might occur and minimize their impact. By staying true to the basic principle of a resilient architecture, you ensure your system does not fail.
One way of doing this is to remove tight point-to-point integrations and split your system into parts that are loosely coupled via an integration hub or queue. The source and target applications do not talk to each other; they talk through the hub or queuing application. If an application is down, the hub or queue keeps sending the saved data to the target so it can continue its work. This means that as your data flows between applications, systems, and services, you can make sure it takes the most resilient path.
A cushioning layer between two applications will absorb the impact of failures—but adding another layer in every integration is neither cost effective nor efficient. Informatica’s Cloud Integration Hub offers elastic repositories that ensure resilient and reliable integrations while keeping the number of integrations low with a hub-and-spoke architecture.
Resiliency is an ingrained characteristic of the Informatica Cloud Integration Hub. By reducing dependencies among applications and ensuring optimal connectivity using a publication and subscription model-based architecture, Informatica’s approach makes it easier to implement business continuity plans. You cannot avert disruptions, but with a modern cloud integration hub you can manage them to avoid significant negative impact.
Here are the top five ways a cloud integration hub can improve resiliency:
Guaranteed delivery: The integration hub provides a persistent layer between the publishers and subscribers that ensures the data is stored until the recipients successfully receive the message and send an acknowledge to the hub. If an application is not available for the moment or there is a temporary failure, the hub can hold the data until it is up and running.
Reduced downtime impact: According to an ITIC survey, 86% of firms reported that the cost of a single hour of downtime was $300,000 or more. Cloud Integration Hub helps to drastically reduce the impact of scheduled downtime by decoupling applications and becoming the interface of the impacted application, thus providing uninterrupted connectivity.
Automated scaling capability: In the era of big data, your systems should be scalable enough to handle unpredictable load patterns to avoid outages. Cloud Integration Hub allows you to configure a repository, public or private, that can scale automatically to handle its current workload.
Faster troubleshooting of integration problems: With Cloud Integration Hub you gain more visibility and control over each data flow as well as the entire integration landscape. It’s faster to pinpoint and mitigate problems with end-to-end data lineage at your fingertips. The hub’s alert and monitoring mechanism enhances the governance of data flows and helps resolve integration issues faster by tracking each event in real time.
Adjusted latency: The hub’s ability to handle mixed latency by time or by type not only helps to balance the workload but also minimizes resource consumption. Cloud Integration Hub supports a flexible consumption model where subscribers can decide on the acceptable latency level and pull data accordingly. This helps avoid peaks and valleys in workloads and makes the integration landscape much more sustainable.
As 24x7 uptime and business continuity become strategic imperatives, companies have started re-evaluating the resiliency of their environments. Taking cues from our customers, Informatica has made significant investments to build capabilities that support business continuity. The goal is not only to help companies to manage through the current uncertainty, but also to enable them to emerge as winners in the years ahead.
Informatica Cloud Integration Hub is central to this effort. As a cloud-first, cloud-native extension of Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services—the industry-leading iPaaS—it is designed to bring scalability, resiliency, and reliability to your integration architecture. Sign up now for a free 30-day trial of Cloud Integration Hub and see the benefits for yourself.