By Rebecca Lipman
TIBCO Software has released a new tool that is designed to help businesses transition to the cloud. Cloud Bus, a subscription-based Integration Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS) offering that boasts real-time integration, is designed to address the needs of companies who want applications in the cloud but also need to be integrated with other applications on-premise.
Cloud Bus targets audiences in any line of business that have moved parts of their application portfolio to the cloud. It offers benefits for businesses where keeping data in sync in real-time will be critical for the organization. Specific cases include synchronizing customer records across multiple systems, streamlining order fulfillment process or adding social collaboration into the current processes.
According to Steve Leung, director of product marketing for TIBCO, users of Cloud Bus fall into two groups: the business who have decided to move to the cloud, or the technologists helping the business make the transition.
One of the biggest issues in cloud migration for financial services is security. The protection of customer records is paramount. Leung says the key thing about Cloud Bus is the flexible on-premise deployment that can live behind the firm's own firewall, allowing firms to access the cloud benefits while maintaining their security standards.
Another aspect of Cloud Bus is that subscribers have continued flexibility in where they choose to deploy and the option to bring data back in-house, instead of being locked into a particular cloud environment. This can be useful to companies that need to react quickly to changing regulations.
Making the Switch
Many businesses prefer the cloud because of its scalability and flexibility, but the transition from existing on-premise application software to the cloud typically requires extensive development, new business strategy and investment.
In an introductory video to Cloud Bus, Matt Quinn, CTO for TIBCO Software, says customers may not be 100% ready for the public cloud today but they recognize the inevitability. Acknowledging that companies are in different stages of transition, Quinn says Cloud Bus "doesn't just offer something in the cloud, but offers that spectrum of bare metal all the way through to integration platform service."
To the relief of developers, numerous templates address the frequent lack of integration between cloud-to-cloud applications and on-premise applications. It also ushers in a future where various applications can be joined together without complex barriers, according to Tibco. TIBCO's service still allows enterprise developers and architects to build out custom integrations as needed.
Per the May 21 press release for Cloud Bus, subscribers "only pay for what they consume, while having the freedom to choose and move across a set of cloud infrastructure partners that meet TIBCO's and its enterprise customers' exacting demands."
Subscriptions to Cloud Bus start at $5,000 per month for four connections and one environment, deployment (cloud and on-premises), secure connectivity and standard services. Additional connections and premium services are also available, according to Tibco.
More information on TIBCO's cloud offerings can be found at www.tibco.com/cloud. Clients and prospects can get more information on TIBCO Cloud Bus, and a free trial, by visiting cloudbus.tibco.com. Becca Lipman is Senior Editor for Wall Street & Technology. She writes in-depth news articles with a focus on big data and compliance in the capital markets. She regularly meets with information technology leaders and innovators and writes about cloud computing, datacenters, ... View Full Bio