Connectivity and the SaaS Data Problem

The IT industry has been migrating from on-prem hardware and applications toward SaaS delivery for many years. This trend has accelerated as SaaS applications has become more feature rich, widely available, and generally accepted as cost advantageous.

Just like their on-prem application counterparts, these SaaS applications are data dependent. However, unlike legacy applications, the data that is consumed and produced by SaaS applications usually does not reside behind the user’s network perimeter. Until now, the SaaS model has grown due to the trust that customers have placed in vendors keeping their data safe in the cloud. And until now the data that businesses are generating in these applications has remained relatively safe. 

While this trust has been sufficient for many companies to move core IT functions to SaaS, it is not good enough for all. Those still holding some reservations will cite data security, control, the risk of running afoul of GDPR compliance as reasons to continue business as usual. For companies with these objections, a full migration to SaaS applications will depend on the ability to retain ownership and control of their own data. Solving this challenge is the last piece of the puzzle to SaaS’s world domination. Once this becomes commonplace for SaaS providers, there will be relatively few justifications for hosting any application on-premise.

The missing link to providing this capability centers on low-cost, quickly scalable, and easily managed connectivity between data sources and a SaaS’s micro services.

Advances in software-defined approaches like Trustgrid’s provide this last piece of the puzzle. By simplifying and automating many of the complex connectivity functions that were historically provided by VPN and MPLS technology, application developers can securely scale access to resources no matter where they reside. 

In a recent survey by Bettercloud a large majority (75% of SMBs and 69% of Enterprises) believed they would have 80% of their applications delivered via SaaS by the end of next year.

If SaaS application providers want to capture the remainder of the market they will be forced to deal with the data residency requirements that the rest of the market is demanding. 

By employing connectivity with low latency, simplified deployment and advanced security controls, Trustgrid software defined connectivity gives application providers architectural flexibility and provides the missing piece to SaaS dominance.

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