As cloud computing continues to evolve, one of the things that will become more apparent is that each cloud service is going to become a centralized hub for managing information. The challenge facing IT organizations will be to find some way to manage multiple information hubs, some of which will be on premise and some of which will reside on a public cloud computing service.
With that long-term issue in mind, it's worth paying attention to the continuing maturity of middleware services in the cloud. For example, Dell today rolled out the spring edition of the Dell Boomi Atomsphere middleware service in the cloud that the company acquired last year. The new edition can now support hundreds of gigabytes and more intelligently manage the transfer of data to and from the cloud to reduce network bandwidth charges. It also offers support for a Java Message Service to connect the Dell middleware service to on-premise middleware platforms from IBM, Progress Software, Tibco and webMethods. In addition, the service has added direct support for integrating with Salesforce.com and an application programming interface (API) that can be used to integrate the service with third-party management tools.
Collectively, all of these additions point to the maturity of middleware-as-a-service in the enterprise. According to Dell Boomi CTO Rick Nucci, the next wave of innovation regarding this class of services in the cloud will focus increasingly on adding additional layers of data management software that will take advantage of the services' ability to connect to multiple repositories. In effect, this will create a new focal point for building hubs through which IT organizations will manage information across multiple instances of cloud computing. To help enable that kind of effort, Dell Boomi has already rolled out Boomi Suggests, which is a data mapping facility that IT organizations can employ to start getting a better handle on all their data requirements.
It may take a while for that vision of information management in the cloud to come to fruition, but as IT organizations become increasingly more sophisticated about data management in general and metadata specifically, the way we think about how information can be managed will change dramatically. In the meantime, IT organizations would be well advised to start thinking about creating a long-term data management strategy that assumes that cloud computing services are going to be a fundamental element of the overall plan.