“Cloud-native” technology has likely come across your radar screen at some point in the last few years, but what does it mean, exactly? There’s a good explainer here on cloud-native computing, a concept that runs through any cloud service. Any applications, architectures, platforms and processes that work toward increasing IT’s ability to change and reduce unpredictability can be described as cloud-native. This gets at the idea that cloud is more than just off-site workloads and applications, but a state of mind that IT should embrace to achieve efficiency, speed, lower costs and generally better responsiveness to users and business goals. This may include a lot of different tools, which is where IT can start to customize cloud for their needs. The Linux Foundation formed the Cloud Native Computing Foundation a few years ago to create a centralized community for the many teams and disciplines involved in cloud-native computing.
As the nuts and bolts of IT change to a cloud-native model, so too are IT roles changing. IT pros are now integrating a whole bunch of point solutions and are increasingly self-reliant for any support or integration issues that come up, whether for SaaS apps, public cloud instances or open source software. So IT gets to customize the infrastructure to its exact specifications, but at the cost of flying solo when getting everything in order. Tips in here from ONUG attendees include becoming familiar with the new wave of software building blocks such as Kubernetes, AI and analytics. Incorporating frameworks that have been proven is also essential, as is working hard on culture, workforce and training challenges.
Of the many SaaS applications involved in enterprise cloud services today, here’s a list of the 15 most popular. There are some of the usual suspects here, like Office 365 and Box. The enterprise SaaS app market has matured enough now that many of these apps are entrenched in businesses. This list also includes AWS, not exactly a SaaS app, but certainly a staple for many enterprises. G Suite and Docusign both jumped up the list from last year, while others like Salesforce and Concur stayed in the same position. What’s not on this list is an indication of how well these apps are meeting user needs. SaaS apps use different resources than on-premises apps, and can put a lot of strain on networks. Find some tips here on making Office 365 work for users.
One cloud management platform has collected and analyzed a ton of user data to give a good picture of how enterprise IT teams are using the cloud. The findings reflect the bias toward AWS, still the public cloud market leader. According to the data, 85% of cloud spending goes toward four main AWS services: EC2, EBS, RDS and S3. At the same time, only 10% of all workloads are estimated to have moved to cloud. Some of the more advanced AWS components, like Redshift and Elastic Cache, are experiencing the fastest rates of growth. And AWS cloud users are starting to use the cloud’s compute resources more efficiently, so that spending per CPU hour is lower; CPU hours used grew 84% while the spend only increased 35%. Nice work, IT!