October 1, 2022
  • October 1, 2022

Infrastructure modernization, the native digital path

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Achieving business agility and innovation has never been more important with intensifying competition and an increasingly uncertain economic climate. The urgency is even greater today, as a new breed of digital-native companies have sprung up in virtually every industry, seeking to displace or outsmart incumbents or less digitally savvy businesses. .

“Unless companies evolve to keep up with the pace of innovation with which digital natives are evolving, they could face significant market pressure and risk losing their business to new competitors,” Yash noted. Thakker, director of cloud consulting at Searce.

Building the Agile Enterprise

One way to scale is to modernize infrastructure, which Thakkar says can allow organizations to innovate faster. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with the still widely used client-server or three-tier applications, Thakker observed that companies with such deployments are generally less agile.

“[To add new features], you must refactor the monolithic application or redesign your solution, and scale the hardware to the new requirements. You should review the deployment cycle and plan for infrastructure downtime to redeploy the updated application. The labor and human intervention required for this is very high,” he explained.

On the other hand, a digital native would implement their software quite differently. Thakker said, “Application functionality would be split into microservices and deployed as part of a Kubernetes cluster in the cloud. You can modify part of your application, leaving the rest unchanged. Changes would be pushed through an automated DevOps pipeline, giving you seamless deployment without any application downtime. »

“The result is vastly improved operational efficiency; where three people were needed to manage the system in the past, now you only need one – and that person could even be a shared resource. You also Lower hardware costs because you’ve moved to a self-scaling architecture that reacts to your application traffic, you have the most efficient hardware cost, and you have much faster deployment cycles.

The agile mindset

How to create a digital native company today? According to Thakker, a digital native organization is born in the cloud and will also seek to take full advantage of the benefits offered by the cloud, as well as implement extensive automation.

“A digital native will consider operational efficiency as one of the key elements when making technology decisions. Due to the growth mindset of some of these companies, which could see them multiply by a hundred in a relatively short time, they are looking to automate many of their technical tasks.”

To illustrate the benefit of the cloud, Thakker cited Google Cloud Spanner, a distributed cloud database service, as an example. In an on-premises world, a company that wants to deploy a synchronized database in six countries would need to develop the platform, purchase server hardware, deploy them in different data centers spread across six countries, and ensure that they comply with local regulations, says Thakker.

“It takes you six minutes to do it with Google Cloud Spanner. Cloud-native organizations are very product-centric in their mindset compared to the more infrastructure-centric mindset we typically see They are considering cloud offerings to help them accelerate their product innovations.”

And unlike a traditional business that often depends on vendors for day-to-day operations, a digital native typically develops its capabilities in-house. Digital natives also rely on providers, albeit for different needs. Thakker said, “The reliance on external vendors still exists, but it’s in the form of consultation and subject matter expertise. They have a very good understanding within the organization and can drive most of these initiatives internally.

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start today

If there’s one piece of advice Thakker has for companies still hesitant to move forward with their infrastructure modernization initiative, it would be to get started as soon as possible.

“You don’t have to wait for a multi-million dollar investment to start modernizing your infrastructure. It could be something as simple as a new application you want to build or your vendor is tasked with developing – build it in the cloud or use microservices. We’re not even asking you to transform an existing application but to start being cloud-native with your new applications,” he said.

Doing nothing is the most common mistake Thakker says he’s seen. Beyond that, there would be a lack of business case development by the technology leadership team.

“Often, technology leaders look to the future, but they make plans that don’t get support from business leaders. To be successful, they need to show sales teams how they will get value from their investment. Engage business stakeholders and seek their equal participation to understand the technology roadmap for a more compelling proposal that can be presented to the board. »

“There is no miracle solution to this. What we’re trying to do is digital transformation backed by infrastructure modernization to help businesses assess their landscape. We want to help companies get real business results without doing anything to do it,” he summarized.

Paul Mah is the editor of DSAITrends. A former system administrator, programmer and professor of computer science, he enjoys writing code and prose. You can reach him at [email protected].

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