What Service Providers Should Consider When Running in a Hybrid Cloud Environment
This is an excerpt from Avishai’s byline originally published in TechTarget. The full article can be found here.
When you get a new tech gadget, what typically happens to your old one? Often, that once-loved device is simply forgotten, as we turn all attention to our latest and greatest acquisition.
When you upgrade to a new infrastructure or virtualized network function, don't overlook the fact your existing applications and install base still exist. Simply treating them as outdated and obsolete would be a grave mistake.
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The first thing to look at when running a hybrid environment is your operations. Consider looking into lift-and-shift opportunities and areas you can containerize apps. Organizations should try to simplify where possible, converting existing applications to run within containers. This is easier said than done, in some cases. Such a process will take time and can mean retraining personnel. There might also be additional operating costs.
Next, consider how you plan to scale your apps. Are you going to use Kubernetes in a standard way, or do you need other methods and techniques? Your approach may determine the best way forward, while also setting expectations for changes in development directions and tooling costs.
Look into APIs. APIs are essential to use the knowledge, libraries and investments of R&D that go into an open platform solution. Also, consider best practices of related API technologies such as Swagger or RestAPI to open your ecosystem and ease integration.
Lastly, plan how you'll monitor and log your hybrid environment and consider using standard Kubernetes patterns, such as native Prometheus, and standard output logs.
As part of a holistic end-to-end hybrid design and architecture, you'll need to look into security and interoperability as well. These topics will determine how your organization moves forward and at what speed and agility.
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