Heard of cloud technology yet? Who hasn’t, right? However, can you name the differences between cloud and cloud-native technologies? Before jump-starting, stop using the two terms interchangeably.
The key difference lies in the original intent of technology. On one hand, cloud-enabled solutions are designed and deployed in traditional data centers and don’t offer as much flexibility as cloud-native technology does. On the other hand, cloud-native technologies are built and designed in a connected, retail world.
The Cloud is revolutionizing IT infrastructure expectations and quality standards, which help businesses deliver solutions/services at a faster rate than on-premise ones. Even though Cloud has been the talk of the town for a couple of decades, the world has not yet moved to the cloud.
Moving to the cloud has more to offer than just reducing expenditure on on-prem infrastructure. It gives businesses the freedom to scale solutions, improve business continuity owing to seamless collaboration on cloud, accessibility for both the business and the client, and so on. Businesses that are not utilizing the cloud are prone to lag behind in the eco-system over those who are thriving on the cloud.
Cloud-native workplaces call for an intersection of collaboration and coordination among teams, which requires them to break out of their traditional siloed functionalities. Cloud computing, cloud-native application development, containerization skill sets, and such are still considered relatively new in the job market, causing a scarcity of real talent.
Organizations must focus on bridging the gaps posed by culture and talent. Begin by mapping workflows, processes, and operations that need to be moved to the cloud to achieve desired business goals. Once that is done, teams must figure out the designations necessary to execute the move to the cloud. Along with hiring or nurturing talents, organizations must also indulge in cultivating a culture of cross-functional collaboration. With the right talents and collaborative organizational structure, moving to the cloud will be a piece of cake.
A singular cloud computing model is not viable. One cloud computing model is not enough to reduce cost, heighten security, improve performance, and manage data seamlessly within an organization with heterogeneous functions.
This is where multi-cloud comes in. Multi-cloud is when organizations adopt both public and private cloud solutions for different operations working towards a diverse set of goals. Whereas hybrid is when one uses both public and private cloud for the same operations working towards the same goal.
While adopting cloud, businesses should understand their internal workflows, as well as their client expectations to come up with the right multi-cloud model. This model also allows organizations to exercise freedom as opposed to following a rigid architecture if they had adopted a single cloud computing model.
As mentioned in the previous section, it is necessary for businesses to adopt the cloud-native mindset. Along with adopting the mindset, there are system changes that businesses grapple with. Legacy systems, which are too larger to scale, often hold organizations back from migrating to the cloud.
Organizations must adapt the microservices architecture and utilize/build APIs that can help communicate easier with the legacy systems. Adopting APIs can come off as a cumbersome task if one is not acquainted with the market well enough to build APIs that can be repurposed or purchase the necessary APIs, instead of building them.
Along with the above steps, there is more to prepare businesses for the cloud. Starting from inculcating the DevOps culture and workflows, containerization, cloud security best practices, principles in place to ensure proper monitoring and responsiveness within the organization and so on.
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