More companies are demanding cloud-based services that are global, but also physically co-located with their regional offices. Chris Purpura, general manager for Mulesoft’s CloudHub integration-as-a-service platform, shares what’s driving that trend and why Mulesoft is going global in a regional way.
Lawson: I guess the big news is you're going global with your i-PaaS offering. The CloudHub itself is not new, correct?
Purpura: Yes, CloudHub is not new. CloudHub has been out for almost two years, or actually a little over two years. Obviously the cloud is global. Anyone can access it from anywhere and upload their applications and integrations onto CloudHub from anywhere.
But what we’re starting to see now are some large, global, Fortune 500-type companies looking for the ability to actually deploy capacity closer to either the other applications they're using or to the mobile or user populations that they're trying to support. For example, some European companies want to keep their integrations and applications closer. It’s easier from a compliance standpoint to have it within the EU. With this, we’re able to provide that locality for deployment as well as basically global availability.
The other thing that’s really nice about this is, if people are worried about service interruptions in a particular area for whatever reason, power outages or natural disasters or whatever, they actually can deploy their application across geographies and have it run in conjunction. So it provides a number of benefits.
Lawson: It seems like it would be a fairly expensive proposition to invest in regional hubs, but you're the second vendor I’ve talked to with a cloud offering that’s doing that. The whole thing about the cloud was it doesn’t matter where you are, right? And suddenly, it matters where you are. Are there other things driving the trend beyond compliance and uptime?
Purpura: I think the reasons vary. You can generalize that there are three things; you touched on two of them. One is compliance and laws. I wish governments didn’t care where things were, but they still do, so there are a lot of companies where it’s just easier for them to move to the cloud so they can be in compliance with whatever are their local, regional, or state regulations. So it makes it easier for them to buy, let’s put it that way.
Lawson: Can you give an example of what kind of compliance issues they're facing that make that matter?
Purpura: Sure. Data privacy in the Euro zone — there’s a host of regulations, so if you're a new company and you're handling EU citizen consumer data, you want to be able to deploy your cloud or have your applications and your data residing within the EU, certainly for anything that’s very consumer facing or finance or health care, things like that.
There are corporate policies that people want to comply with as well as government policies that the companies need to comply with. So this makes it easier for them to adopt the cloud and it gives them more options than having to put everything on-premise somewhere inside your own data center.
Lawson: Is it just the fact that it’s within the country or are there other issues that require you to have a regional hub? I mean, is it about physical security? Is it enough to just say we’re co-locating it near your company?
Purpura: First, our platform is built on top of Amazon’s infrastructure. So we’re leveraging Amazon’s global footprint and Amazon has done a lot of work around the local compliance around data privacy and things that we get the benefit of, being a partner and building on top of Amazon.
Lawson: I see.
Purpura: Our security we lay on top is really around our technology, our people and our process. But yes, most of those regulations really have more to do with the physical hardware and location and so that’s where building off of Amazon is phenomenally cost effective and fast for us.
Lawson: So when you say you have multi-regional support, you're going off Amazon’s locations, is that what that means?
Purpura: Correct, and we’re able to do that purely through APIs. We add the functionality into our platform to take advantage of the geo-location capabilities of Amazon’s infrastructure cloud and we’re able to then do things on top of that like routing and deployment and monitoring of our customers’ applications and giving them more fine-grain control over where they want their services to run.