Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) is defined as the uses of software and computer systems architectural principles to integrate a set of enterprise computer applications. EAI intends to transcend the simple goal of linking applications, and attempts to enable new and innovative ways of leveraging organizational knowledge to create further competitive advantages for the enterprise.
New Enterprise challenge has emerged. With the number of APIs growing rapidly, managing them one-off or via Excel or corporate wiki is no longer feasible.
The smartest organizations have discovered a set of best practices to design powerful APIs that leverage existing services, to effectively manage those APIs throughout their lifecycle and to scale their deployment across consumers and devices. This eBook examines the relationship between APIs and services and presents the key elements of a successful API strategy in the form of 7 habits.
In this eBook you will learn:
- How to leverage existing services in the API economy
- Where to get started with your API strategy
- Key criteria for selecting an API Management solution
- Strategies to overcome API security and identity challenges
- How and why to apply the fundamentals of API First Design
Every corner of an enterprise needs technology to build new applications for their specific function or customer. IT needs to transform from its traditional function as the sole technology provider to become an adaptive, responsive and nimble organization that can keep up with the pace of the digital era as well as embrace the opportunities provided by a change-driven environment. This transformation can occur only if IT transforms itself into a strategic business enabler rather than a centralized technology function.
Being an enabler means that IT has to decentralize and democratize application development and data access to the different Lines of Business (LoBs) and functional business partners. This way, IT can concentrate on a partnership with the business - i.e. providing a set of strategic and consistent assets and technology.
Today’s successful organization needs to be able to turn on a dime, changing its product or service direction as fast as its customers’ needs require. The successful business of the 21st century crosses all boundaries; can quickly meet and adapt to competition, whether it comes from another part of the world, another industry or a startup; or it can use its core competencies to extend itself in new ways. Welcome to the Composable Enterprise. This kind of company—powered by cloud, open APIs, data analytics, mobile and social, and connected to the Internet of Things—is redefining markets and raising consumer expectations. The composable enterprise casts away the hierarchical and hardwired systems and processes that defined its predecessors, and represents a radical rethinking of how
technology can serve innovation and how innovation can serve customers.
Many businesses are beginning to understand that hybrid cloud can provide the best of both worlds: on-demand access to much-needed IT resources, and the flexibility to move workloads onsite or offsite to meet specific needs. The most common question is not “Why hybrid cloud?” but “How do we get started?”
Depending on your specific IT strategy and requirements, consider evaluating the following five types of workloads for hybrid cloud.
Analytics is more important to success than ever before, and it’s a business practice that has momentum. Fifty-eight percent of the respondents in a recent survey published in the MIT Sloan Management Review stated that the use of analytics gave their companies a competitive advantage, up from 37 percent the prior year. Enterprise-scale companies report dramatic successes with analytics.
When comparing the architecture for Ceph and SolidFire, it is clear
that both are scale-out storage systems designed to use commodity
hardware, and the strengths of each make them complementary
solutions for datacenter design.
Founded in 1992 as a provider of integrated network, voice and data centre solutions, Colt’s business today has grown to encompass a wide range of IT services, spanning enterprise application hosting, business critical cloud and end-user computing solutions. Colt has 29 data centre locations supporting thousands of customers across 28 countries in Europe and Asia, including Swiss International Airlines, Shurgard, Berenberg, and Jaguar Land Rover. Colt’s award-winning solution portfolio is based on end-to-end data centre, network and IT services capabilities; its aim is to help its customers compete and win in their markets without being held back by hardware, licensing and resource limitations.
Quality of service (QoS) is a critical enabling technology for enterprises and service providers wanting to deliver consistent primary storage performance to business-critical applications in a multi-tenant or enterprise infrastructure. The type of applications that require primary storage services typically demand greater levels of performance than what is readily available from traditional storage infrastructures today. However, simply providing raw performance is often not the only objective in these use cases. For a broad range of business-critical applications, consistent and predictable performance are the more important metrics. Unfortunately, neither is easily achievable within traditional storage arrays.
This white paper illustrates how the integration of zero touch provisioning with EdgeConnect profiles, and the further integration of local profiles into the global business intent of Silver Peak’s virtual overlays, fulfills the promise of SD-WAN with virtualised wide area networking.
Self-service is an advanced element of private cloud environments that improves management efficiency and business agility, as well as lowering operating expenses. A self-service environment streamlines the interaction between users and the IT department. It empowers internal consumers of IT services to request and receive appropriately configured resources on demand with minimal IT intervention. NetApp® OnCommand® Workflow Automation, the NetApp Management SDK with open APIs, and key ecosystem partnerships enable enterprises to easily integrate their orchestration solutions and custom management tools with the NetApp storage service catalog for automated storage provisioning and protection. Customers can thereby create a self-service, web-based portal that efficiently delivers IT as a service to virtualization administrators, application administrators, and users, while enabling IT staff to focus on higher value activities.
Data Fabric is NetApp’s vision for the future of data management. A data fabric seamlessly connects different data management environments across disparate clouds into a cohesive, integrated whole.
A Data Fabric enabled by NetApp® helps organizations maintain control and choice in how they manage, secure, protect, and access their data across the hybrid cloud, no matter where it is.
Although the data fabric is constantly evolving, organizations can start taking advantage of it today using NetApp technologies that enable data management and seamless data movement across the hybrid cloud.
This cloud buyer’s guide includes important information about the advantages of an open source cloud platform, benefits of managed services and self-service as well as considerations for evaluating cloud solutions.