If You Want To Give Your Customers Modern Apps, You Need To Go Cloud-Native

Every organisation wants to take their IT to the next level, beyond their current legacy systems. To keep up with the increasing requirements of the digital business landscape, organisations are under tremendous pressure to become data-driven and deliver better, faster, always available, secure and seamless applications that provide improved digital experiences for customers.

However, such would not be possible without employing a modern strategy, technologies, and tools for their IT, because relying on legacy systems to deliver on these requirements will only be detrimental for the business in several ways:

  • Legacy tools and infrastructure hamper agility, waste money and hurt customer experience.

  • Developers waste labour configuring applications and environments due to lengthy release cycles.

  • Organisations that lack a unified, consistent application platform across cloud and on-premises environments need to create policies and secure different application environments manually.

  • Without a consistent operating environment, platform operations were manual, piecemeal, slow and prone to errors.

  • Employees struggled to collaborate and quickly experiment due to redundant and time-consuming manual processes.

Due to these reasons (and more), modernisation has become an important aspect of any digital transformation journey – with the cloud becoming a crucial enabler to make it possible at the scale, cost and speed desired by today’s businesses.

When it comes to delivering modern applications and seamless customer experiences, cloud-native solutions are the answer, and without going down the cloud-native route, your modern app development aspirations may just end up in failure.

The most successful app modernisation efforts today rely on a key set of cloud-native tools and technologies to accelerate, secure and simplify development and deployment at scale. These include:

  • Open-Source, supported by vendors: Not every organisation has the capability or know-how to successfully utilise open-source on its own. However, having managed versions of innovative open source technologies backed by leading vendor contributions and support can take your open-source capabilities to another level.

  • Kubernetes-Based enterprise container platforms: This is necessary to provide consistent development, provisioning, orchestration, and control of container clusters across hybrid cloud environments.

  • Automated security configuration policy creation and governance: With cloud-native solutions, companies can further modernise their policies, by efficiently integrating security into containers before deployment and protection access to the console data, apps and traffic.

  • Support for micro-services app architectures: This is to re-factor apps into smaller, independent services to enable incremental updates, frequent releases, improved resiliency and elastic scaling.

  • Unified mesh: With an integrated platform that supplies a unified method for connecting, observing, managing and securing microservices with policies, companies can easily develop their applications.

  • Support for serverless programming: Cloud-Native tools free developers from infrastructure management and efficiently scale resource utilisation.

With cloud-native, companies can ensure the modernisation of their IT and applications and accelerate software-driven innovation to remain competitive and satisfy customers. Having a core underlying infrastructure built on the cloud, organisations would get the results they want to see during their modernisation journey.

Anthos, from the Google Cloud Platform, offers a cloud-native application modernisation platform, based on supported versions of open-source technologies, that runs on Google Cloud Platform and VMware-certified on-premises infrastructure.

To help organisations to embrace a cloud-native approach and modernise apps faster, Anthos includes Google Kubernetes Engine, a robust enterprise container deployment and orchestration platform; centralised configuration management to automate and enforce security policies across environments; Anthos Service Mesh, a managed expansion for cross-environment observability, security, and control; Google Cloud Console for multi-cluster Kubernetes management across environments and Cloud Run for managed serverless development based on Knative.

To learn more about Anthos and what it can do for your business with the support of Rackspace Technology, click here.

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