Cloud & Enterprise Connected
Reuse your enterprise architecture, rather than reinvent
- Use your existing data storage systems and enterprise functionality
- Bi-directional, secure, and controlled communication between your mobile apps and your enterprise apps
- Gluon CloudLink is non-intrusive in existing enterprise infrastructure
Gluon CloudLink works inside your enterprise, and does not require data or functionality duplication.
Enterprises invest substantial sums of time and money into their IT infrastructure, backend systems, and web applications. Gluon CloudLink enables you to continue to leverage existing systems, retaining your investment in existing infrastructure.
Mobile apps form yet another means through which businesses communicate with their end users. When introducing a mobile app to a business, it enables another communication channel, but this should not require the rewriting or addition of enterprise functionality. Rather, mobile apps should reuse existing enterprise functionality and data. On the other hand, both mobile apps as well as the backend systems will evolve. With Gluon CloudLink function mapping and data mapping, mobile apps and backend components can have their own path of evolution while still being connected to each other.
Gluon CloudLink has remote function support. In essence this is a mapping of a remote endpoint inside Gluon CloudLink, which can be called from a Gluon CloudLink enabled mobile app which triggers the required functionality on the back-end. The mapping between the mobile function and the backend function, including the parameters and authentication method, can be configured in Gluon CloudLink. Therefore, if the back-end protocol is changed in any way, it is possible to simply reconfigure the mapping in one location. Without this functionality, even the smallest change in the back-end functionality would require the build of a new version of all mobile applications that use it, and these would need to be uploaded to the app stores.
The remote function mapper can also be operated in mockup mode. Doing so, it is possible to return a predefined value when the mobile client calls a function, rather than forwarding the request to a back-end component. This is very useful during development of the mobile app, when the back-end functionality might not yet be available, or when it is not desirable to stress the back-end with test-requests.
While Gluon CloudLink is capable of storing all mobile and enterprise data, it is also possible to store data in any enterprise-mandated storage system. When new data is generated by a mobile app, this data is sent to Gluon CloudLink. From here, it is possible to configure Gluon CloudLink to store this data in a number of different cloud systems, or in other, internal storage systems (e.g. SQL-based databases, MongoDB, etc).
In addition to this, Gluon CloudLink can be configured to listen to changes in external data. If a data change occurs, Gluon CloudLink can inform all clients about the change. This is particularly useful in application that require the latest version of some data structure, e.g. conferences with a schedule.