Webinar Focuses on Cloud Computing Integration

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Confused about cloud computing and integration with on-premise applications? Ventana Research analyst Dave Menninger will explain how you can integrate and reconcile cloud with your on-premise data and processes during a free Virtual Circle webinar Tuesday at 3 p.m. CDT or 2 p.m. EDT.


What's unusual about this webinar is that Menninger is addressing cloud computing - you know, Amazon's EC2, Zoho, Salesforce.com, even private clouds - rather than just SaaS to on premise. And, he'll be covering how you can handle that integration with a cloud-based integration solution, which explains why at least part of the webinar includes a briefing on Atomsphere by Rick Nucci of Dell Boomi.


Atomsphere is itself a cloud solution, handling the integration work in the cloud as a software-as-a-service, with prices starting at $550 a month. It was recently updated to include change data capture, integration monitoring and support for terabyte-size files.


Integration is always a bug-a-boo, but as you probably suspect, the cloud brings new twists to the challenges. Data synchronization and backup become critical issues, particularly if there's a cloud outage or the company goes out of business. Integration also means you'll need to think about issues such as storage, security, network and management, according to David Vellante, a former IDC analyst and the founder/CEO of three startups.


Integration is just one of the data challenges IT organizations must consider when combining on-premise resources and information with cloud computing or SaaS. For other issues you should consider, check out Securities Technology Monitor's recent checklist called "8 Questions to Ask Before Heading into the Cloud." You'll notice most of the concerns center around compliance and data governance questions.

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