First steps to securely access on-premises data from the Cloud.

Say you want to show your client some reports that highlight your company’s sky-high customer success numbers. Unfortunately, that information lives on a server back at your office behind a firewall, and you can only access the data if you’re sitting at your desk connected to the local network.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Free your data for use where you need it. If you have data on-premises that your team wants to access over the web from somewhere outside your office, read my new tutorial: Hybrid Cloud Part 1: Create a Secure Gateway. Hybrid applications feature on-premises data that you can move to the cloud, or if need be, securely access through a cloud-based app.

My tutorial explains how to set up a connection that lets you securely access on-prem data from any application running on Bluemix (IBM’s open cloud platform for building, running, and managing applications). This lays the foundation for using other Bluemix data services like DataWorks and dashDB that let you perform data movement, warehousing, and powerful analysis that we’ll talk a lot more about in the coming months. This is the first in a series of blog posts that discuss hybrid app design and explore its common architectural patterns.

secure_gateway_diagramHow it works. Cloud-based Bluemix apps use the secure gateway service to access on-prem data.

Part 2 will dive into a real-life sample application that shows you how to build a web app that uses the secure gateway connection built in Part 1.

The IBM Bluemix Secure Gateway service is available today and is just one way you can take on-premises data and open it for access and use, converting your data setup from a system of record to a system of engagement. You’ll hear much more from our team of Developer Advocates on this. We’ll be creating more samples and tutorials to help show you how to move, combine, and transform your data for easy analysis and other uses.

Start with Part 1 of our secure gateway tutorial and stay tuned for more…

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