IOUG-Unisphere Study Examines Data Integration in the Cloud Era

Data integration requirements are growing more demanding. In today’s computing environments, data must often be moved between on-premises systems and public clouds, between private and public clouds, between different hybrid clouds, or between different public clouds.  A new report based on a survey conducted by Unisphere Research among 342 IOUG members looks at the current state of data integration in the cloud era, including the key issues, priorities and solutions being adopted by organizations. The “2015 IOUG Data Integration for Cloud Survey” was sponsored by Oracle.

As organizations increasingly require real-time views and insights from data flowing from both within and outside their organizations, this data needs to be quickly synced stored and managed while also providing top performance. The bottom line is that traditional methods of data integration are proving to be too slow, too costly and too unreliable for these stringent demands.

Cloud services, the report finds, and particularly private and hybrid clouds, are becoming part of the IT mainstream, and there is now greater comfort in storing and retrieving data but also the necessary integration. The reason for this is two-fold, according to the study. Cloud data storage enables standardization and access that may be difficult to accomplish in on premises enterprise system and, as organizations move to hybrid cloud approaches, moving data between cloud and on premises environments expands the data integration architecture and related standardization beyond the firewall.

According to the survey, a majority of enterprises are now implementing or considering cloud-based applications and infrastructure to manage their mission-critical systems, and data-driven requirements—such as big data analytics and backup—are the key factors behind many of these cloud initiatives. For a majority of enterprises, data integration is a key requirement of their cloud plans. For both implementers of private/hybrid and public cloud systems, at least nine out of 10 recognize data integration as important to their efforts going forward.

The complete 35-page survey report is now available for IOUG members and non-members may access a one-page executive summary of the key findings at