The top three advantages of adopting cloud native!
Cloud Native is a way of developing, deploying and managing applications. Enterprises need to understand this, and if they do not, they will miss out on much of the value that cloud native has to offer, and the transition to the cloud will become harder.
There’s a lot that can be said about cloud native, and the first thing that we can say is that it has already crossed the chasm. We have entered the era of cloud native. One of the key takeaways of this blog post are that: The cloud isn’t a place, it’s a way of doing IT.
The same goes for Cloud Native. At the heart of Cloud Native, the three core attributes are micro services, containers and the orchestration of those containers with Kubernetes. Enterprises are going multicloud, and this trend is expected to generate a wave of innovation. Also, clouds are expected to move to where the data is to an extent that we have not seen before.
The top three advantages of adopting cloud native
According to the CNCF Survey
Faster deployment time (50%)
The advantage of faster deployment times corresponds with other surveys where the ability to develop and deploy applications faster reportedly results in increased revenues and reduced operating costs.
Improved scalability (45%)
Cloud native scales from several nodes on a laptop to tens of thousands of self-healing multi-tenant nodes.
Cloud portability (42%)
The cloud native, open source software stack ho- sted by the CNCF, enables deployment on-premise, on any public, private or hybrid cloud.
The next big wave in cloud native seems to be serverless technology.
Cloud Native can be deployed in the cloud, as well as on-premise. There are several reasons an organization would want to deploy cloud native on-premise:
- The organization has sensitive data that it doesn’t want to entrust to a third party, or their are regulations that prohibit it. At the same time the organization want all the benefits that cloud native brings. This is the scenario of the true private cloud, and going cloud native is a perfect solution.
- The organization has spare capacity in its own data center and wants to fully utilize it, which makes more sense than paying a third party for the same thing.
- One of the biggest challenges in going cloud native is lack of skills. Starting small scale on-premise enables organizations to learn and gradually move their applications to the cloud native environment, on-premise or in the cloud. As more applications are moved to the new environment, the organization will learn and adapt in terms of organization, processes, tools and culture. The step into a cloud will be much easier.
It’s not only about technology
Cloud Native is not only about technology, it’s also about how companies organize their teams, the processes and tools used to develop, deploy and manage the applications and about the culture of the company.
Cloud native supports any digital transformation initiative
Cloud native supports any digital transformation initiative better and enables organizations to take advantage of emerging technologies such as machine learning and big data analytics to create new business opportunities, increased revenues and reduced operating costs.
Yep, we’re going serverless!
The next big wave in cloud native seems to be serverless technology. One of the advantages of serverless is that it takes away the complexity of packaging code in containers, because developers can focus on writing code in the form of functions in their preferred programming language, and deploy those functions to the serverless platform, The serverless platform will then take care of packaging the functions into containers and execute the them on-demand. Serverless technology, as well as everything else cloud native, can be deployed on-premise as well as in the cloud, and using open source serverless technology eliminates the risk of vendor lock-in.
Lars Andersson is a tech lead Open Source at Enfo