Why cloud native development matters

Can we all agree that market research statistics should be taken with enough grains of salt to make your cardiologist worry? Good. Having said that, I’m now going to quote some market research statistics. But I do this not to focus on the numbers, but the fact that these numbers came from surveys and interviews of people just like you, and underline the trends and expectations that are driving the IT world today.

A rapid shift to cloud over the next three years will drive enterprises to move 75 percent of existing non-cloud apps to cloud environments. This research from IBV also found that in three years about 95 percent of internally developed apps are expected to be deployed on the cloud with 55 percent of newly developed apps designed as cloud native. And, the most impressive stat I’ve heard recently is that from 2018 through 2023, 500 million new logical apps will be created. This stat from IDC is equal to the number created over the last 40 years. These trends are contributing to the adoption of cloud native development.

In the race to transform, enterprises embark upon their journey to cloud native to deliver innovation at scale and at lower cost. Cloud native applications do more than just run in the cloud; they’re designed and developed to maximize the economies of cloud. Cloud native architectures and applications deliver faster time to market, higher scalability, in most cases superior customer experiences, simpler management, reduced cost through containerization and cloud standards, and more reliable systems without vendor lock-in.

Cloud native uses the strengths and accommodates the challenges of a standardized cloud environment. Adopting a cloud native approach isn’t only about developing new generations of applications in better ways. It’s also about organizational culture. Enterprises must also transform to adopt a cloud environment successfully.

How and where to start the cloud native journey

Containers and cloud-native applications have already been established and proven successful in large-scale cloud computing companies, but they are just expanding to enterprises. Enterprises are now beginning to learn the technologies and change how they approach development and operations. Enterprises are building applications within increasingly diverse IT environments. These range from traditional on-premises; to cloud native, which embraces containers and Kubernetes; to a hybrid, multicloud model. Most enterprises are in research and experimentation mode, with only a very small segment having experience or deployments of containers today.

The ability to innovate quickly while modernizing and using existing investments is key. The move to cloud native, along with the importance of maintaining current application performance levels, further highlights the pressing need to modernize operations and applications to move to cloud. To keep up with the competition, enterprises must regularly build new applications and update existing applications. To satisfy this demand, enterprises require an application platform that’s built on open source and open standards, that allows them to quickly build, test and deploy applications in a modern, microservices-based architecture.

For more of a background, see “What is Cloud Native?”:

Three advantages of cloud native development on IBM Cloud Pak for Applications

IBM Cloud Pak for Applications uses the power of open source technologies to help enterprises speed cloud native application development and has some key advantages.

1. Broadest choice of industry runtimes

IBM Cloud Pak for Applications supports enterprise application needs through a choice of industry-leading runtimes and choice of developer tools and modernization toolkits, DevOps and Apps/Ops Management.

2. Simplified build, deploy and management of applications

Enterprises can quickly build applications on any cloud, while providing the most straightforward path to modernize heritage applications. Kabanero.io, an open source project, which is an upstream project for Cloud Pak for Applications, simplifies the build, deployment and management of applications. It offers an integrated experience from the creation of a cloud native application on a developer’s laptop through testing and deployment in a container and on through the application’s ultimate managed lifecycle.

3. Modernization that maximizes existing investments

Enterprises can optimize their current investments, whether on-premises or in any public or private cloud. With IBM Cloud Pak for Applications, enterprises have the comfort of knowing they can modernize based on their unique timeline. They can realize ROI and are able to continue their cloud journey without ripping and replacing or getting locked in with a particular vendor. And when ready to modernize, enterprises can take advantage of a rich set of transformation tools including in the IBM Cloud Pak for Applications.

Ready to find out more?

  • Read the IBM Cloud Pak for Applications V4 release notes.
  • Register to join our webinar 21 January 2020 at 2 PM ET.
  • Learn more about IBM Cloud Pak for Applications on our website.
  • Download the analyst report about the value of IBM and Red Hat.
  • Watch the replay of our version 4 release webinar.
  • Take a tour of IBM Cloud Pak for Applications.


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