In order to effectively compete, today’s businesses need to be able to deliver features, services and solutions far more rapidly than ever before – while maintaining a high quality and rich user experience. As such, businesses are strategically investing in moving modernized, complex enterprise applications to the cloud, enabling IT and business operations to sell more effectively, increase competitive differentiation and more.
The Modernization of the Data Center
When you look at what has traditionally been running in the data center, it has been all about installing on premise software that wasn’t helping to differentiate a business, such as CRM applications like Salesforce. Controlling and managing a service that is not core to the business simply becomes an IT cost. With the realization that most enterprises are digital businesses now, companies are more focused on investing in apps and user experiences that will propel their business forward.
While applications have always driven infrastructure, they are now in the driver’s seat because of automation orchestration capabilities. And microservices – or the ability to split an application up into a set of discrete parts dedicated to only one function with no shared data between the functions – are what’s driving this revolution.
Companies that are fully embracing microservices have different development teams building and deploying each microservice on a different timescale based on its demands. In many ways, this is similar to the principle of SOA in the late-1990s/early 2000s. The hardware and environment was not ready for it then and, as a result, the apps were too monolithic. This principle of having every individual piece dedicated to one function with no shared data between them wasn’t a reality and we never really realized the benefit.
Today, however, the most advanced shops are embracing microservices, resulting in innovative products being brought to market faster and more cost effectively, while enabling independent delivery and deployment of each microservice. Containers are well-suited to this microservices environment because it gives companies application portability. While virtual machines (VMs) have their own benefits, containers are a much better fit for this microservices dynamic.
The Evolution of Cloud Management
Things are getting more complex: cloud services are no longer back-office services, they are the business. With microservices and containers, there are more moving parts and things to manage – but IT isn’t growing. Automation and orchestration are required for this new world.
But current approaches to cloud management are inconsistent and lack automation. They are too focused on IT efficiency and control, and not agile enough to match the self-service experience of public clouds. This is simply perpetuating legacy technology management thinking.
Enterprises today want the benefits promised by true multi-cloud, including the ability to manage their applications and infrastructure spanning public, private and hybrid clouds, as well as help with selecting the right platform for any given application. This includes provisioning, automation, orchestration, governance, resource optimization and cost control.
Traditional cloud management platforms (CMPs) manage IaaS or virtual infrastructure. But infrastructure exists to run applications. In a microservices world, whether on premise or in the cloud, it’s less and less visible – compute, storage and network are delivered as a service to applications at the behest of APIs referred to as “Infrastructure as Code.”
At Embotics, our goal is to eliminate the roadblocks to adoption of these technologies and make them easier to adopt and more manageable, while providing governance. That’s why we’re focused on building the future cloud management platform – one that is designed for microservices, DevOps and hybrid IT.
If you want a deeper dive to learn more about the new set of priorities for managing hybrid cloud, containers and DevOps – and what this means for the future of cloud management watch the linked webinar featuring Torsten Volk, managing research director at Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), and Scott H. Davis, EVP of Engineering & CTO at Embotics. During the webinar, Torsten will discuss his latest research: Ten Priorities for Hybrid Cloud, Containers, and DevOps in 2017, and Scott will provide insight into how you can get your digital business moving faster than ever before with provisioning automation and DevOps, while reducing costs and maintaining proper governance.
- The 10 priorities for efficiently managing hybrid cloud, containers and DevOps
- Why 68% of companies are evaluating containers in 2017
- Why enterprises are rapidly shifting more data center applications to hybrid cloud platforms
- How process orchestration and cloud native API consumption improves the performance of applications and eliminates manual tasks
Watch the Webinar: http://info.embotics.com/webinar-new-priorities