Cloud-Native Approach Helps Companies in the Rapidly Changing Business Paradigm, CIO News, ET CIO

Almost every organization has become cloud-enabled today. Cloud-enabled apps are now accessible from a browser. But since monolithic cloud-based applications lack the flexibility, resiliency, or scalability of their cloud-native counterpart, organizations are now considering adopting the cloud-native model that allows them to respond to market trends with more of agility.

Why Adopt Cloud Native?

Generally, companies are lifting and shifting the loads to the cloud and it is a typical approach to do so not only in India but also across the globe. However, a native version gives you the real ability to take advantage of the cloud, not just from the scalability and agility of the application. There are multiple benefits.

Arindam Biswas, Head of Analytics, Adani Group said: “First, it gives us the ability to do rapid prototyping and rapid deployment. For example, if a new open source tool becomes available, which is very relevant in terms of solving our business problem, we can quickly prototype it without too much hassle crossing several hurdles, which we would usually face if we try to do on -prem. The cloud comes with built-in redundancy and multiple service level agreement thresholds (ALS), to guarantee backup and availability 24 hours a day, in the event of a breakdown or disruption.

A significant amount of work is done with no or little code, which helps break the dependency on highly skilled resources, he said.

Shashank Bajpai, CISO, Credible said, “Compliance is a big hurdle, and being a fintech player, it’s wise for us to adopt a compliance-ready architecture. Moreover, going to global markets also becomes easier, with the availability zone of cloud providers in different regions. For example, if a company wants to explore markets such as Southeast Asia or the Middle East, access to these markets becomes faster because cloud providers are already compliant with regional policies. »

But the app’s API-readiness and cloud multi-tenancy raise some concerns, Bajpai admitted.

The Challenges Facing Traditional Businesses

Cutting-edge IT infrastructure is no longer just for disruptors or “born in the cloud” companies. Large enterprises across industries and public sector enterprises have also jumped on the cloud-native bandwagon. But large organizations using legacy applications often have their own set of unique challenges that they must address first.

LB SharmaChief IT Officer, Bharat Oil company (BPCL) said: “We would certainly like to fully migrate to the cloud, but being a public sector company, we have to consider factors such as data gravity, data location and other regulatory compliance requirements etc. We we have OT systems in refineries which also produce a lot of data which only adds to the existing challenges and many of our supply sites are in remote areas where connectivity is a challenge .

Although the cloud-native approach meets the agility requirements of a T, the security and reliability of cloud-native applications remains a concern.

Cloud-native travel isn’t magic

While security is a shared responsibility on the cloud, much of it taken care of by the cloud service provider, there are a few things organizations shouldn’t ignore, such as the need for continuous testing.

Ravi Sharma, CIO, Wanbury said, “While adopting a cloud-native strategy, enterprises should have a continuous testing strategy to validate that applications are sufficiently resilient, scalable, and functional before adoption. Proper user acceptance testing should also be done because if the user does not accept that particular change you have incorporated, there could be iterations. Also make sure they are properly patched with the latest security updates before deployment.

Calling attention to the transformation of people, Kapil Mahajan, Global Chief Information and Technology Officer, Allcargo Logistics said, “Unlike companies that were born in the cloud, the biggest challenge traditional organizations face on their journey to becoming cloud native is people transformation. Changing mindset is a bigger organizational challenge than changing technology. It’s really important to nurture that culture of “fail faster, innovate faster” in your organization when trying to move your essential pieces of technology architecture to the cloud. »

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Note: This article is an excerpt from a panel discussion at the Cloud and Data Center Summit 2022

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