While a few large companies like Johnson & Johnson got the rid of all their Mainframe-based applications and expect to run more applications in the Cloud than they currently do on their own infrastructure, the great majority of the Forbes Global 2000 organizations are still stuck at the beginning of the journey. If these large shops have initiated their move to the Cloud to reduce infrastructure costs, they’ll soon be confronted with technological, cultural and psychological hurdles which may hinder them to take full advantage – cost reduction, but also business value – of the Cloud. In this blog post series, we detail how to “lift & extend” and the pragmatic keys to establish a virtuous circle in your Cloud adoption strategy.
Application resource duplication
Because in a Lift & Shift approach, the Operating System and application resources are replicated on each virtual machine.
Infrastructure resource waste
The CPU, memory and storage space is defined upfront at the VM level and cannot easily be adapted to the real application needs (especially when the audience peak is not predictable or constant over time).
Lack of flexibility
VMs cannot be easily manipulated across on-premises, private, public or hybrid, Linux/Windows Cloud environments.
In addition of these immediate gains, CaaS offers one of the greatest opportunities to reconcile Dev and Ops teams, working closer together on common and shared concepts, practices and tools (DevOps, implementation of CI/CD pipelines, Docker, Kubernetes, Apache Mesos, etc.). This is a mandatory aspect for those applications that are envisioned to go to PaaS.
The articles below will help you better understand the value of CaaS for your organization and how to work with containers:
“CaaS as your new platform for application development and operations”
By Betty Junod (Senior Director Product Marketing at Docker)
Read the article on Docker.com
“Cross-Platform Hybrid Cloud with Docker”
By Chanwit Kaewkasi (Maintainer at Docker Swarm Project)
Read the article on Medium.com
“Relation of Middleware to Microservices, Docker, and Cloud-Native Architectures”
By Kai Wähner (Technology Evangelist at Confluent)
Read the article on DZone.com
Erik Oltmans, an Associate Partner from EY, Netherlands, spoke at the Software Intelligence Forum on how the consulting behemoth uses Software Intelligence in its Transaction Advisory services.
Erik describes the changing landscape of M & A. Besides the financial and commercial aspects, PE firms now equally value technical assessments, especially for targets with significant software assets. He goes on to detail how CAST Highlight makes these assessments possible with limited access to the targetâ€™s systems, customized quality metrics, and liability implications of open source components - all three that are critical for an M&A due diligence.