Published on January 28, 2024, 9:21 pm

Mary Johnston Turner, a research vice president at IDC, predicts that organizations worldwide will increasingly rely on interconnected, hybrid, and multi-cloud strategies for their digital infrastructure in the coming years. This trend is already evident in Asia, where many organizations are hosting their business applications and data in the cloud.

However, as organizations embrace cloud computing, they face a critical decision: should they continue running applications designed for traditional on-premises infrastructure or optimize them to run in the cloud? According to Gartner, applications that are “cloud-native” are specifically designed to fully leverage the advantages of cloud computing. These applications share common characteristics such as scalability and elasticity, shared metering by use, service-based architecture, and ubiquity.

Vishal Ghariwala, senior director and CTO for Asia Pacific at SUSE, explains why organizations pursue cloud-native initiatives and how they can do so cost-effectively while operating in a hybrid environment. He highlights that all cloud-native initiatives are part of a hybrid cloud approach. This approach allows organizations to take advantage of the benefits offered by public clouds while retaining control over private and sensitive data and applications.

To achieve effective cloud-native initiatives, Ghariwala suggests incorporating microservices-based architecture for applications and migrating traditional on-premises workloads to cloud environments. Organizations can also manage container application landscapes by using container management platforms and adopting best practices for development, security, and operations.

To boost interoperability and adaptability in the cloud-native landscape, Ghariwala recommends utilizing open-source technologies supported by vendors with good collaboration across the ecosystem. He emphasizes the importance of avoiding vendor lock-in by selecting solutions from various vendors to enhance flexibility.

Enhancing security within cloud-native solutions is crucial. Ghariwala stresses the need to keep an inventory of all software components across the entire supply chain within an organization. Additionally, he recommends implementing runtime protection for cloud applications to address vulnerabilities effectively.

Looking ahead, Ghariwala asserts that cloud-native initiatives are here to stay for at least the next decade. To unlock their value, organizations need to foster a cultural shift that embraces DevOps principles such as collaboration, automation, and prioritizing security from the beginning of any initiative. Furthermore, investment in developing people with the right skills and expertise is essential for success.

In conclusion, businesses worldwide are increasingly adopting interconnected, hybrid, and multi-cloud strategies for their digital infrastructure. Cloud-native initiatives play a pivotal role in leveraging the advantages of cloud computing while maintaining control over private data and applications. By adopting cloud-native practices and considering key strategies for interoperability, adaptability, and security, organizations can unlock the full value of their cloud-native initiatives and drive long-term success.

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