In my last blog, I wrote about the importance of building a cloud-ready data center infrastructure as the first step toward transformation. The lifeblood of every organization is an application ecosystem that it depends upon to run the business. The next step toward successful transformation is optimizing those applications for cloud resiliency.
A new style of application development is gaining traction. Cloud-native apps are agile and efficient, thus, they are gaining popularity over traditional, inflexible applications. Cloud-native apps are container packaged, dynamically scheduled, and “microservices oriented”. But organizations have significant investments in legacy apps that run the business and keep the lights on. So, what is at issue, is what to do with existing customer applications as they move to the cloud.
Application performance can be severely compromised when organizations sunset their consolidated data center and deploy applications in a cloud computing environment without first “readying” them for the cloud. Therefore, it is critical to optimize the applications that your customers anticipate will be migrating to their cloud environments. It is also a good time to clean house. Legacy applications built for a single server many not perform in a cloud environment. Do a little homework before spending time tweaking and migrating just to find out later that the outcome is not what you (or your customer) expected.
Take It With You
The bottom line is that all cloud applications (existing and new) need to be highly portable. This portability between environments is necessary for both developers and operators. An application developer wants the ability to package an application component once, and have it be reusable across all clouds. A cloud operator wants the freedom to position portions of their application where it makes the most sense—that location may be on their private cloud or the public cloud.
Intel®s role in this transformation is providing the intelligence in the hardware platforms underneath it all, so that orchestration, workloads, scheduling, etc. are occurring, and, that the decisions for all of that are being made correctly.
With the cloud software industry accelerating its pace of innovation, it is important that solution providers are proactive in assisting their customers in this push toward application optimization starting now. Here is where you can find helpful tools and guidance that can aid in your efforts. While you’re there, test your SDI knowledge and maybe you’ll win a cool tech prize.