Enterprises need to learn how to modernize and build apps much more rapidly and regularly to thrive in this time of rapid digital transformation.
That requires a change of paradigm in the way apps are made. This new approach, the production of cloud-native applications, will uphold the following three principles:
Choice: Choice enables enterprises to be more flexible and agile, and is required on several levels. First, business applications should work on any infrastructure (on-premises, virtualized, and private or public cloud), from any place, and with any provider. Second, enterprises should have an IT infrastructure that lets them use best-of-breed solutions, specifically the best price, best technology, and best innovation capabilities.
Open source: Open source provides a collaborative way for the development community to design and create software. Solutions get the features that the community wants and are available to everyone at any time. Proprietary solutions can come with vendor lock-in that sacrifices long-term benefits like agility and innovation. Today, ground-breaking open source software for cloud is being developed by highly motivated and creative individuals. I believe it’s hands-down the best software and technology for the cloud-native approach.
Infrastructure as code (IaC): From a developer’s perspective, infrastructure needs to be flexible so new and improved applications can support changing business requirements. At the same time, infrastructure needs to be rock solid – reliable, available, scalable, and designed with security in the forefront rather than as an afterthought. IaC streamlines the process of managing and provisioning data centers via machine-readable definition files. Effective IaC should also include investments in hybrid cloud, containers (so applications can run anywhere), composable infrastructure, and automation to support workloads no matter where they live.
Based on the above three concepts, designing the cloud-native approach – abstracting operations and technology – offers two significant benefits.
Designing your cloud-native approach – abstracting operations and infrastructure –based on the above three principles provides two important benefits. First, it gives simplicity and flexibility to IT. And secondly, it can accelerate the production of apps, allowing companies to deliver new software and technologies every week or even every day.