The nature of the applications that power your business has changed dramatically in the last few years. Not only have apps proliferated, but the types of apps have also diversified. Apps are now composite in nature, require diverse resources, and run in a wide range of environments. The ways in which people consume those apps has changed, too, whether in the data centre or at the edge, on desktops or with mobile devices. And for those users, the speed with which you can develop, deploy and continuously improve apps based on ever-changing customer and market needs is essentially synonymous with your perceived “speed of innovation.”
A variety of application types power most enterprises. So IT DevOps organisations must support traditional, cloud-native, container-based, and SaaS apps, while enabling developers to address a variety of use cases, such as re-platforming existing apps or developing new cloud-native apps. IT’s goals are to create a developer-friendly environment that supports innovation and fast time to market; one that is also cost-efficient, secure, scalable and reliable.
These diverse application needs are driving cloud strategies, and most enterprises are pursuing a hybrid and multi-cloud strategy. They’re extending their private cloud to public clouds and trying to make their data centre operations more automated and cloud-like in the process. They’re also increasing their use of multiple public clouds for better scale—and not always intentionally. In many cases, it’s the result of business units and development teams taking advantage of apps and services from multiple public cloud vendors.
The right digital foundation puts you in control of the development and delivery of all your apps, whether cloud-native apps in the public or private cloud; hybrid apps; or on-premises traditional apps; or SaaS apps. ▪