Cloud architecture refers to the various components in terms of databases, software capabilities, applications, etc., that are engineered to leverage the power of cloud resources to solve business problems. The rapid migration to the cloud has only accelerated as organizations of all sizes embrace the benefits of the cloud and adapt to the new security, performance, and scale paradigm. Information Week brought this information to our attention in their article, “Integrated Cloud Architecture: What It Is and Why It Matters.”

This new focus on the cloud has introduced yet one more new term – integrated cloud architecture (ICA) – that describes how organizations are aggressively merging multiple cloud platforms to provide an orchestrated collection of services that leverage the diverse strengths of each service/cloud platform. Each integrated cloud platform provides a powerful and rich set of capabilities to serve business functions. Platforms may also provide their native interface for a live-in experience yet pull content in from the other platforms. Before signing onto ICA completely, it is important that you have a reasonable understanding of the challenges with ICA.

Melody K. Smith

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