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WHITEPAPERMoving to the cloudWhy API-led architectures matter
ContentsIntroduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3Key uses cases for integration in the cloud. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5Migrating existing applications and data fromon-premises to cloud infrastructure. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5Integrating SaaS applications with on-premisesapplications and data. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9Connecting cloud-native applications acrosson-premises and cloud environments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12Customer storiesFederal Communications Commission (FCC). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15HSBC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17MuleSoft: Your partner in the cloud. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19Conclusion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21About MuleSoft. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
3IntroductionAcross industries, more and more companies are movingto the cloud. According to onestudy, approximately 93%of businesses are using cloud technologies. But what does“moving to the cloud” mean? For the purposes of this paper,the term refers to the adoption of SaaS technologies (Concur,Dropbox, etc.) and/or public infrastructure (Amazon WebServices, Azure, etc.). It can also refer to the development ofnew cloud-native applications.Moving to the cloud provides organizations a number ofbenefits:Improves operational efficiency and reduces costs:According toMcKinsey, moving to the cloud can reduce IToverhead costs by as much as 30-40% by eliminating theoverprovisioning of on-premise infrastructure and reducingapplication downtime.Increases agility:IT teams can quickly develop applicationsby eliminating the need to maintain and configure on-premiseinfrastructure.Accelerates innovation:Modern cloud platforms, suchas Amazon and Google, provide rich big data and machinelearning capabilities that allow organizations to drive morevalue with their data.Today, integration is a strategic component of every digitaltransformation and initiative that involves moving to the cloud.When moving to the cloud, organizations focus on a set of keyintegration uses cases, including:1.Integrating SaaS applications with on-premises data andapplications.2.Migrating existing data and applications from on-premisesto cloud infrastructure.
43.Connecting cloud-native applications across on-premisesand cloud environments.In the process of implementing the above uses cases,organizations rely on three approaches to moving to the cloud.Traditional approaches involve migrating applications and dataas-is by “lifting and shifting” applications and data sources,or connecting on-premises and cloud systems by buildingground-to-cloud point-to-point interfaces. Additionally, someorganizations find the aforementioned approaches challengingand, instead, resort to starting from scratch by re-buildingapplications to make them more cloud-friendly.These approaches, however, can lead to various challengesrelated to scale, efficiency, and application uptime. In thiswhitepaper, we will discuss these three integration use cases,with a focus on why traditional approaches do not suffice.

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