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Cloud-based app development service providers may be coming back down to earth. Built.io, a digital business platform provider, is now offering a fully on-premises version of Built.io Flow, its traditionally cloud-based integration platform as a service (iPaaS).
According to Matthew Baier, COO at Built.io, this move is being made in an effort to better serve highly regulated industries such as finance and government. The move also will better serve the company's European market, where organizations must comply with stringent laws concerning where data is stored and how it is secured.
"Organizations in certain industries -- such as finance, healthcare, telecom or government -- need to meet extensive regulatory and security mandates," said Jim Lundy, CEO and lead analyst at Aragon Research, in a press release about the announcement. "Meanwhile, certain geographies -- such as the EU -- impose strict rules about how and where data is stored and accessed. Offering hybrid and on-premises integration options is valuable, because it provides the flexibility to choose the architecture that is most suited for the use case and context."
The on-premises availability may also benefit developers who would like to have more control over the stack via the on-premises deployment. Developers who use the new on-premises option may find it easier to implement new features or make custom changes to their development platform.
"There are a lot of customers on the platform, and one customer's preference can't override another customer's preference," Baier said. "There are elements of Flow that will allow you to make changes faster because you own the stack."
When asked if this implies any shortcoming when it comes to security in public cloud environments, Baier said that those security concerns may be based more in perception than actual fact. He referenced the fact that public cloud is being effectively leveraged by organizations with very high security standards.
"There are a lot of examples where public cloud has [been used by] customers who have very high standards when it comes to security," Baier said. "There are banks running on Salesforce, for example."
Baier said that for security in any setting, whether it is a public or private cloud, what determines the level of security that can be achieved is not the technology being leveraged, but the competency of the people responsible for managing that technology.
"Private cloud just allows people to have more perceived than actual control," Baier said. "Whether that is a secure environment is not just a factor of the technology but of who's operating it."
Baier did say, however, that the on-premises option helps certain organizations feel more secure or, at least, stay compliant with certain security regulations.
Baier noted that those who are currently working with the cloud-based version of the Built.io Flow iPaaS should not have to worry about integration with the on-premises offering should their organization choose to make the switch, because Built.io aims to make the transition as seamless as possible.
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