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The DNA of a Successful Cloud-Native Strategy

By Faiz Khan, CEO & founder, Wanclouds

At the center of organizations' digital transformation projects has been their migration to the cloud and the ushering in of hybrid and multi-cloud environments. It's been a winding road for most organizations, with roughly three-quarters of companies now focusing development on cloud-native applications. But the journey certainly hasn't been without its bumps and challenges over the last few months.

Indeed, rising inflation and interest rates, along with fears of a potential recession, have put increasing financial and operational strain on organizations. Which, as a result, has caused many to reevaluate their digital ambitions and, more specifically, the approach they're taking to become cloud-native. Amidst this pressure, however, it's perhaps become all too easy to lose sight of what makes a successful cloud-native strategy just that.

With that in mind, let's look at the DNA of a successful cloud-native blueprint and what organizations need to prioritize to build a cost-effective, flexible and disaster-proof strategy.

1.  It Has a Seamless Migration Plan 

Cloud deployments are incredibly time-consuming and costly endeavors, especially for companies relying on a highly manual, years-old approach. In fact, Wanclouds' Cloud-Native Trends Report uncovered just how long the average application migration takes: One to two months. Moreover, it highlighted the financial stress that each migration entails. Over 35% of U.S. and UK IT decision-makers admit that the most significant pain point they encounter with a multi-cloud migration is that it takes a bigger budget than expected.

Thankfully, in the age of automation, enterprises today are experiencing substantial time and cost savings and deploying migration strategies that move their workloads across multiple clouds in seconds instead of days. These enterprises deploying new cloud infrastructure, migrating from on-premise to cloud, moving across clouds, or scaling their cloud-native strategy, are finding it much easier to do so because they've access to the right automation, tools, and a holistic approach.

Automation makes for such a seamless and quick transition because most of these tools provide organizations with pre-built templates to design and create their cloud infrastructure in minutes and specialized migrators that can be deployed anywhere to help migrate infrastructure and data.

Not only could this approach save IT teams thousands of dollars, but it eliminates one of their greatest pain points which, as we pinpointed above, is that their cloud migration journeys are taking much longer than expected.

2.  It Anticipates Disaster With an On-Demand Backup Plan 

Avoiding downtime has never been more important, nor has it been more challenging to achieve with cloud-native deployments. Extreme weather events such as Hurricane Ian are becoming more frequent and increasing the risk of natural disasters or power outages, leading to data loss. Meanwhile, rising security risks continue to pose a massive threat to IT and developer teams. Just look at Uber, which recently fell victim to a hacker that allegedly used social engineering tactics to gain access to its HackerOne, AWS, and Google Cloud Platform accounts.

Not only do these incidents have the potential to steal sensitive data, but they're able to shut down access to an organization's entire network system. Every company deploying cloud-native infrastructure must have an on-demand disaster recovery plan to minimize downtime during these unexpected outages.

For SME's worried about how this might bust their budget in today's turbulent economic landscape, solutions such as Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) can give the protection they need for a fraction of the cost. DRaaS is a re-imagined approach to traditional disaster recovery strategies which eradicates the barriers for businesses that are seeking affordable, reliable, and fully compliant disaster recovery approaches. Instead of paying millions upfront to build a sustainable disaster recovery infrastructure, enterprises can pay a fraction of the monthly cost of protecting their current servers and clusters.

For small and mid-sized businesses, in particular, DRaaS reduces the financial investment and technical complexities that often halt or delay them from setting up disaster recovery protections in case of natural disasters and security threats. Therefore they can embed uptime within the DNA of their cloud-native organization, ensuring they're prepared for any failures that come their way.

3.  It Tracks Costs to Optimize Spending 

Cloud spending has reached profound new heights in the past two years as organizations have scaled their digital transformations - great news for conglomerates like Amazon, IBM, and Google whose cloud-related revenues have skyrocketed. But as costs multiply as demand for raw computing power for the cloud soars, many businesses have also reached cloud spending breaking point. Moreover, they've got to that point with the fear of an impending recession right in front of them. The result has been increasing pressure from C-Suites to unload costs and optimize spending.

In fact, according to a survey of over 500 U.S. IT leaders conducted by my organization in Q3, 81% of IT leaders say their C-Suite has directed them to reduce or take on no additional cloud spending amid the market tumult. A statistic that isn't all that surprising when you consider 53% say they've also been hit with more unexpected cloud bills than they planned for in the year's first half.

Indeed, the sticker shock of unanticipated cloud costs is threatening the financial health of many organizations, and it needs to be addressed. Therefore, an effective cloud cost management plan must be part of every cloud-native strategy. The good news is that as this pain point increases, there's been expanding access to Cost Optimization as Service solutions that enable organizations to stay ahead of hidden charges and track costs across multi-cloud environments. These solutions give IT teams company-wide visibility into their cloud platforms' billing systems and leverage cost-cutting recommendations to maximize savings.

For example, an organization may receive a recommendation to pause an idle testing resource over a long holiday weekend, a simple yet incredibly valuable move that could save them as much as 20% of their daily cloud spend before restoring it when they return to the office. Given analysts continue to offer their recession projections for the rest of 2022 and beyond, it's become critical for IT teams to curb cloud overspending.

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To hear more about cloud native topics, join the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and the cloud native community at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2022 in Detroit (and virtual) from October 24-28.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Faiz Khan, CEO & founder, Wanclouds

Faiz-Khan 

Prior to founding Wanclouds, Faiz was an executive at Cisco and played multiple technology leadership roles. His latest assignment was leading the Global Cloud automation and orchestration organization. Prior to that, he has built the Global Datacenter and cloud practice and was the GM for Emerging Markets Technology Practices Organization.

Faiz has an MBA in Computer Information Systems from Colorado State University.

Published Friday, October 14, 2022 10:40 AM by David Marshall
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