Cloud Native Computing – The Future of Enterprise Technology
Ushered in by Netflix the Cloud Native paradigm represents the wholesale transformation of enterprise computing.
In a 2015 VentureBeat article the author explained how Netflix had pioneered the future of enterprise tech, an approach that came to be defined as ‘Cloud Native’.
The practice is one of moving away from the traditional approach of owning and operating your own data centre populated by the likes of EMC, Oracle and VMware, and instead move to ‘web scale IT’, applications built with services packaged in containers, deployed as microservices and managed on elastic infrastructure through agile DevOps processes and continuous delivery workflows.
Going Cloud Native Boosts Share Price
In this day and age you wouldn’t think having a web site would be a strategic factor.
However as the Independent reports the primary reason for the soaring share price of Dunelm was their web site upgrade, defining Cloud Native to be the essential success factor: “We now have a modern, flexible, cloud-native platform that will be used to accelerate the development of our customer proposition,” the group said.
Similarly Air Malta attributes their turn around to the same transformation.
A recent ZDNet article lamented that CIO’s are still struggling to define and achieve the use of technology as a tool for enabling competitive advantage, with the usual impediment of maintaining the existing legacy estate being the primary inhibitor.
‘Going Cloud Native’ represents a wholesale addressing of this challenge, a process of transforming that legacy estate to be entirely built for and operating in the Cloud, and with that, delivering the type of always on experience that customers expect in this digital age.
Code Like Netflix
With the approach now mature best practices are now well defined and readily accessible to organizations seeking the same transformation.
Indeed not only do they share their best practices via blogs, they also share the software they’ve created to make it possible via open source – Netflix OSS. You too can Build Code Like Netflix, literally. You can follow their updates on Twitter here.