Cloud-Native Journey Part 1: Defining Goals and Responsibilities

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  • Application scalability
  • Loose coupling of systems and services that are instead pieced together harmoniously
  • Transparency and observability
  • Smaller codebases and features instead of monolithic ones
  • Reliance on containers, service meshes, APIs, microservices, and stable infrastructure

Cloud-Native Goals and Responsibilities

Before building a cloud-native infrastructure, you need to assess what problem(s) you’re trying to solve or how a cloud-native transition would benefit the organization as a whole. That means gathering feedback and taking stock of the applications, systems, and priorities of various teams within your organization.

Prepare for Challenges

Ripple effects will be dynamic as each service shifts cloudward. Modernization comes with short-term obstacles. How extensive must testing be to ensure success? What will the balance be between development testing and production testing? Are users going to experience interruptions, and will cloud native’s benefits outweigh any user friction?

Keep Flexibility Needs in Mind

Next, consider how much flexibility you actually need. Embracing cloud-native technologies means leveraging offerings from many Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) vendors. There’s a massive number of service providers out there. However, some household names like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) have risen to the top.

Security and Compliance

Security and compliance should also be considered before starting your cloud-native journey. This is doubly true for companies in sensitive industries like finance or healthcare. Keeping data from falling into the wrong hands is more important than ever and hugely expensive.

Financial Impacts

Last but not least, consider cost. Adopting a whole new infrastructure can be expensive-both in the hours committed to planning and the adoption of vendor services. While it’s possible to design your own cloud solution, going the popular public route will incur its own expenses. You should plan on being charged for the following:

  • Compute resources
  • Memory allocation
  • Remote storage
  • API calls
  • Server activity
  • Software subscriptions
  • Service contracts

Notes on Kubernetes

Kubernetes is far and away the most popular container-orchestration platform on the planet. Since upwards of 61 percent of backend developers are using containers, pairing a distributed system like Kubernetes offers exceptional control over application performance, data governance, and associated configurations. It’s why over 5.6 million users rely on Kubernetes to support their infrastructure.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are many things to consider when making the cloud-native transition. Embracing modernized approaches can be immensely beneficial when done right. However, the complexity of cloud-service ecosystems brings numerous challenges; having clear goals and plans can help you clear those hurdles.

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