The cloud has evolved dramatically over the last 8+ years. Many large-scale migrations undertaken by enterprise customers have had a cloud-first approach, which in many ways, translated into a cloud-hosted strategy. The goal aimed at migrating and rehosting legacy applications in the cloud with low risk and as quickly and cheaply as possible. But moving Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) on the cloud shifted Capex to Opex, eventually resulting in more expensive operations and curtailing ROI on the cloud.

Since a lion-share of applications today are cloud-hosted, what’s the next step in the cloud journey? The natural next step would be to move strategic applications to a cloud-native platform and gain the cost optimization and efficiency that the cloud can provide beyond reducing Capex. Here are a few tips and tricks to ease the transition:

  1. Create a solid plan
    Like with any application transition and migration, a solid plan and strategy is required. Determining which applications to move from cloud-hosted to cloud-native is vital. It is essential to consider if there are any benefits in doing so, such as cost savings, efficiencies in application lifecycle management, quicker deployment, and features.
  2. Design a detailed architecture
    Moving monolithic cloud-hosted applications to a cloud-native microservice architecture requires thorough designing and architecting. Cloud-native is about how applications are created and deployed, not where. It thus takes a good deal of thought to determine how to shift towards microservices, containers, DevOps, and continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD).
  3. Train, learn and get developers onboard with cloud-native
    Cloud-native is both a mental shift and a model shift. Applications are developed and deployed in a much different way than legacy monolithic applications. Developers should no longer care about the underlying infrastructure on which they are deploying applications and treat it cloud-like. Training existing developers or hiring new experienced cloud-native developers is doubtless a requirement. If it seems like a struggle to build this expertise in-house, like it is for many companies who want the benefits to be cloud-native but cannot get there themselves, engage a partner to get the job done.