How — And Why — The Global IPaaS Market Is Growing

How — and Why — the Global iPaaS Market is Growing

How long do you flirt with a new piece of enterprise tech before you dive into a committed relationship?  Integration platform as a service (iPaaS) isn’t exactly disruptive, but it has meant that both enterprises with legacy architecture and major software vendors have had to figure out where it fits in. In terms of market growth, it seems to be fitting in nicely.  iPaaS is no longer the new kid on the block — it’s a growing software category around the world. But how and why is the global iPaaS market growing? In this post, we cover the trends that…

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10 Questions To Ask Yourself When Evaluating IPaaS Software

10 Questions to Ask Yourself when Evaluating iPaaS Software

We live in a world where our refrigerators have been talking to our phones for years, so shouldn’t our business systems talk to each other as well? While the business value of integration tools, such as Integration Platforms as a Service (iPaaS), are apparent (read this if they’re not yet or if you’re not clear what an iPaaS is), knowing which iPaaS is best for you is much more complicated. If you’re not sure what to look for in the myriad iPaaS available, here’s the top 10 self-evaluation questions to ask yourself to determine what you need. These questions revolve…

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On-Premise To Cloud Migration: Lessons From An IT Project Manager

On-Premise to Cloud Migration: Lessons from an IT Project Manager

Today’s Community Contributor is Benjamin Plotkin, Technical Project Manager at California State University, Northridge.  Benjamin has managed software development teams and IT projects for more than 20 years, and has held additional IT and technologies roles throughout his career. He has written several detailed reviews on TrustRadius of the tools he uses at work. Here, Benjamin shares his experience and advice for completing an on-premise to cloud migration. “The Cloud” -- a phrase that is, at turns, both idyllic and ominous. Clouds can be fluffy and fun, or dark and foreboding (reports of silver linings remain, at present, unverified).  Will…

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Announcing The Top Rated Server Virtualization Software For 2019

Announcing the Top Rated Server Virtualization Software for 2019

**This post was updated on October 9, 2019 to reflect recent changes in the Server Virtualization industry** We are excited to announce the Top Rated Server Virtualization Software for 2019! Top Rated awards showcase today’s top-of-the-line product in Server Virtualization Software based solely on positive user feedback and satisfaction scores. These awards make the voice of the market the primary decider into the industry’s best products. Top Rated awards are the most trusted in the industry because they are never influenced by analyst opinion, the vendor’s size, popularity, or status as a TrustRadius customer. So without further ado… Here are…

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6 Free Backup Software Solutions

6 Free Backup Software Solutions

As the saying goes, “sound data, sound mind.” No one wants to deal with data loss. Whether you’re the CTO of a large enterprise or an aspiring baker like me, data is precious. Imagine if you lost important legal documents from work, or photos from your child's recital! We all want to take steps to prevent data loss. However, not all of us can spring for enterprise-level data center backup solutions. Thankfully, there are lot of great free or low-cost backup products on the market. While these products may not be ideal for larger organizations, many are designed for small…

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How A CS Ops Manager Uses Zapier To Automate The Mundane And Focus On The Customer

How a CS Ops Manager Uses Zapier to Automate the Mundane and Focus on the Customer

Integration always sounds like a good thing for businesses. Who wouldn’t want their data, apps, and contact info to be more “integrated”? But what does that mean in practice? What problems can Integration Platforms as a Service (iPaaS) solve for people who aren’t already tech wizards or software developers? When it comes to technology in business, experience speaks louder than theory. With this in mind, I sat down with a Zapier user to see what impact a small-scale iPaaS can make for business professionals’ lives. Enter Ariana. Meet Ariana Ariana is a Customer Success Manager here at TrustRadius. She makes…

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Buyer’s Cheat Sheet For IPaaS Tech Jargon

Buyer’s Cheat Sheet for iPaaS Tech Jargon

Anyone who’s bought consumer electronics understands the confusion of trying to compare features and specs that you only half-understand in the first place. Even researching which TV to get now requires a technical dictionary to discern between the different versions of “HD perfection,” audio setups, and smart configurations. Folks looking for business software can face just as much of an uphill tech jargon battle. In order to help translate the terminology that buyers find in Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) product descriptions and vendor sites, here are some of the features and concepts that tend to cause buyer confusion.…

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5 Visual Studio Code Extensions To Boost Your Productivity

5 Visual Studio Code Extensions to Boost Your Productivity

Today’s Community Contributor is Joel Tanzi, Software Engineer at Engaged Technologies.  Joel has been working as a web and application developer with substantial experience building out APIs, front-end websites scaled for mobile use across a variety of frameworks and technologies. He has written several detailed reviews on TrustRadius of the tools he uses at work. Here, Joel shares with us his favorite VS Code extensions. If you are a software engineer, or manage a software engineering team, there's a very good chance you are interacting with Microsoft's Visual Studio Code on a daily basis. Despite its namesake, VS Code is…

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Which Data Center Backup Solutions Have The Most Flexible Deployment?

Which Data Center Backup Solutions Have the Most Flexible Deployment?

In Data Center Backup, flexible deployment entails working with a vendor who supports both on-premise and offsite data protection across geographically dispersed regions if necessary. Additionally, flexible deployment allows for operational scalability and changes within your virtual and physical environments. If flexible deployment is one of your top criteria, you may want to consider one of these products. Here are the top 6 Data Center Backup solutions for flexible deployment (based on their ratings for this feature on TrustRadius): Rubrik - 9.5Veeam Availability Suite - 9.5Barracuda Backup - 9.4Commvault - 9.1Veeam Backup & Replication - 8.8Bacula Enterprise - 8.8 Coming…

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Comparing Enterprise IPaaS, According To Users

Comparing Enterprise iPaaS, According to Users

Comparing enterprise-level software is hard. Trying to get a straight answer that you trust from vendors can feel even harder. In a world where everything sounds like marketing spin, who can you trust? The people who use the software. Enterprise iPaaS (EiPaaS) can be differentiated by the types of systems they specialize in integrating or their support for API developers. We’ve sifted through users’ reviews on TrustRadius to give you an eagle-eye view of their experiences with EiPaaS. These insights include products’ most common demographics, top pros and cons, and what makes each product stand out. These products were also…

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How Often Should You Back Up Your Data?

How Often Should You Back Up Your Data?

Backing up data as a part of your organization's insurance policy or industry regulations entails more discretion than just making a copy of everything. When designing an effective data center backup strategy, you should take yourself through a journey with the Five Ws and H: Who? – Managing data backup in-house or working with a vendor?What? – Backing up all of your organization’s data, or only the most vital? What about endpoint data?Where? – Storing backups on-premise or off-site?When? – How often are you backing up your data?Why? – In-house security policies or legal obligations or both?How? – Traditional backup…

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Zapier Vs. IFTTT Vs. PieSync: Real Users Tell All

Zapier vs. IFTTT vs. PieSync: Real Users Tell All

No one understands a product better than the people who use or manage it. It’s a big reason why buyers find user reviews to be more trustworthy and influential than many other sources of info. Reviewer insights can be particularly beneficial when trying to decide between Zapier, IFTTT, and PieSync, which are all iPaaS options for small businesses, teams, or individuals. To sum it up: according to reviewers, the key difference between IFTTT, Zapier, and PieSync is the breadth vs. depth and specificity of their integrations. Specifically: Zapier offers a wide range of integrated apps for many business usesIFTTT focuses…

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Converged And Hyperconverged Secondary Storage: What Can They Do For IT Teams?

Converged and Hyperconverged Secondary Storage: What Can They Do For IT Teams?

If terms like “converged secondary storage” and “hyperconverged storage” make you feel like you’ve just stepped into an episode of Star Trek, you aren’t alone. Compared to traditional data center infrastructure models, these are relatively new concepts. However, more and more data center backup vendors are adopting these features into their product offerings.  As technology progresses, IT teams have less time and fewer resources while working on more projects. And, they're experiencing higher than ever risks in terms of data protection. Designed to alleviate the complexity of safe data storage are Converged infrastructure (CI), which converged secondary storage is a version…

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What Are The Best IPaaS For Midsized Companies?

What are the Best iPaaS for Midsized Companies?

As integration needs become more complex and burdensome, the Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) market has matured to offer products targeted at midsize companies. These companies require more customization and integration with some enterprise products than what smaller-scope products like IFTTT and Zapier specialize in. However, they also lack either the IT labor force, budget, or integration requirements to effectively manage or need the functionality of Enterprise iPaaS products like Mulesoft or Oracle. If this sounds like your organization, here’s a primer of what mid-market iPaaS services can offer you, and breakdowns of some of the main players in…

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3-2-1 Backup: Is This Data Center Backup Strategy Hype Or Reality?

3-2-1 Backup: is This Data Center Backup Strategy Hype or Reality?

A little advice never hurt anyone, right? Especially advice that’s been supported by countless leaders and experts. But even tried-and-true advice deserves a discerning eye. In the data center backup world, the 3-2-1 Backup Rule is considered the standard model for how organizations should backup their data. What is 3-2-1 Backup? 3-2-1 Backup refers to: keeping 3 separate copies of your data,storing the copies on at least 2 different types of media, and keeping at least 1 copy off-site. This has served many IT teams well over the years. But these days, 3-2-1 Backup is not as universally supported as…

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What Are The Best IPaaS For Enterprises?

What are the Best iPaaS for Enterprises?

As the business world and its technologies become more complex and interconnected, enterprises are often at the forefront of what technology can enable—and what headaches it can cause. This is particularly true when it comes to integrating the myriad applications in use at any time (on average, 464 applications) and making the most of the data available to your organization. Fortunately, Integration Platforms as a Service (iPaaS) have grown to address the needs of enterprises, leading to a new segment of Enterprise-tier iPaaS products (EiPaaS). What is EiPaaS? Not all EiPaaS feature lists are identical, but there are some strong…

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When To Use Cloud Vs. On-Premise Backup Solutions

When to Use Cloud vs. On-Premise Backup Solutions

Data security will always be one of the most important topics to IT teams whether they’re storing data in the cloud or on-premises. In some highly-regulated industries such as finance and healthcare, on-premise backup is required for compliance reasons and, for many, having data located in-house provides a certain peace of mind.  However, with cloud backup being touted as a no-brainer alternative to traditional on-premise backup, IT leaders cannot ignore its promises of improved disaster recovery time and cost savings. Wondering what the key differences between cloud and on-premise backup are? Sit tight, we’ll explain exactly what those are.  What…

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Know Your Lane: Understanding Which IPaaS Products Are The Right Scale For You

Know Your Lane: Understanding Which iPaaS Products are the Right Scale for You

There are few things more frustrating than buying something new and finding out you’ve bought the wrong product after you completed the purchase. Most people who have moved into a new home have felt some buyer’s remorse about some aspect of their first lease or mortgage. What about that community pool you never touch? Or picking a third-floor unit with no elevator? Or (and here’s one I unfortunately relate to) discovering that none of the top sockets in any of the outlets work? This feeling can be just as real, and possibly more impactful, when looking for software. It's important…

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New PaaS Buyer’s Guide: A Spotlight On 7 Leading PaaS Solutions

New PaaS Buyer’s Guide: A Spotlight on 7 Leading PaaS Solutions

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is one of the three predominant cloud computing models, along with Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). PaaS products play an important role in helping software developers to bring applications to market faster while releasing them from the complexity of configuring, managing, hardware resources. These platforms provide developers with much more automation that standard development environments, but at the cost of less granular control. There are many benefits to PaaS, but choosing the right solution for you and your company can be a challenge. To help equip software buyers with the knowledge they need to make the right choice,…

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Primary Vs. Secondary Storage: How Do They Compare?

Primary vs. Secondary Storage: How do They Compare?

Every day we interact with primary and secondary storage without being cognizant of it. Rarely, however, do most of us stop to consider their differences. But these differences are important because they affect how we interact with data, namely by what the two different storage types can do. You may be more familiar with primary storage as it is commonly used as random access memory (RAM), the memory used by computers for running programs and their data. Data saved within this type of storage is temporary and ephemeral. With secondary storage, it’s that hard disk drive (HDD) in our computers,…

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A Tale Of Two Backups: Endpoint Vs. Data Center Backup

A Tale of Two Backups: Endpoint vs. Data Center Backup

Exploring the topic of backing up data can present a plethora of terms that may make even the most seasoned of professionals go “wait, what?” This theme crops up when discussing general data center backup versus endpoint backup: how are they different? A lot of data center backup solutions offer endpoint security coverage, and some don’t. And with endpoint backup, some of the leading software in this market can provide comprehensive data center backup coverage, but of course, not all of them do. In general, data center backup software refers to solutions that are used as part of an organization’s…

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IPaaS Vs. ESB: Sifting Through Alphabet Soup

iPaaS vs. ESB: Sifting Through Alphabet Soup

For anyone working in tech, parsing through the alphabet soup of new and emerging software is a fact of life. New acronyms pop up everywhere! On top of that, understanding the differences between emerging products and existing software in integration technology is an uphill battle. iPaaS and ESB are great examples of this phenomenon. Historically, Enterprise Service Bus technology (ESB) bore the brunt of businesses’ integration demands. But the last decade has seen the rise of the Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) market to address the recent explosion in integration needs. While both product areas focus on integrating technologies…

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4 Reasons Why Cloud Backup Is Important For IT

4 Reasons Why Cloud Backup is Important for IT

Data loss can happen at any moment, at any scale. It could be as innocent as unwittingly placing your laptop on a magnet and destroying your hard-disk drive (believe me, it happens), or a bad storm triggering a power surge and taking data stored on an on-premise backup with it. This is where cloud backup comes in—data stored off-site, securely. Using cloud backup, IT teams can send copies of their data via the cloud to another location. If data is compromised, they can restore information seamlessly while ensuring business continuity—effectively preventing a major IT crisis. However, data security and compliance…

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IPaaS 101: What Is IPaaS And Why Does It Matter?

iPaaS 101: What is iPaaS and Why Does it Matter?

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the iPaaS It’s undeniable that technology has grown in scale, complexity, and usage in the business world, at tech and non-tech companies alike. But this growth has raised concerns and questions of how to manage the myriad necessary applications. The answer? Integration Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS) software.  The exponential growth in data and corresponding communications between various software is quickly growing beyond anyone’s ability to manually process.  With the average enterprise having 464 applications deployed, there is a clear and pressing demand for cross-application integration, communication, and automation. What is iPaaS? Fortunately, the last decade has seen the emergence…

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