Going Cloud Native – Where to Even Start?

  So far in this blog series on Cloud Native we’ve said a lot of nice things about it being an effective approach, but “fine words butter no parsnips”, as we used to say in the 17th century. Cool tech is not much use unless we can practically apply the concepts. So in this post we’re … Continued

The Cloud Native 101 Cribsheet

For the past few weeks we’ve been posting a blog series on Cloud Native, which in true tech style has been bunged full of buzzwords. We’ve tried to explain them as we went along but probably poorly so let’s step back and review them with a quick Cloud Native Glossary. Container Image – A package … Continued

Microservices – Thinking Outside the Lines

In our last few posts we’ve talked about two of the architectural and operational weapons of Cloud Native: containers & dynamic management. However, when I go out and talk to Cloud Native users I find that containers and orchestrators aren’t always where they started. Many companies begin with microservices and don’t adopt containers until later. … Continued

Is Dynamic Management the Real Ops Disruptor?

In our last post we looked closely at container packaging – what it means and why everyone’s going crazy about it. In this post, we’re going to look at another aspect of Cloud Native – dynamic management. Dynamic Management Dynamic infrastructure management is sometimes called programmable infrastructure and its purpose is to automate data centre tasks … Continued

Are Containers the Best Cloud Native Tool?

Earlier in this blog series we described how every strategy comprises a goal and the actions we take or tools we use to accomplish it. We’re now going to consider some of the tools that Cloud Native uses, including container packaging, dynamic management, and a microservices-oriented architecture. In this post we’ll consider container packaging – … Continued

The 3 Most Common Cloud Native Goals & What Kind of Company Are You?

Cloud Native Goals In our earlier posts in this series we described a Cloud Native Strategy as a way to achieve business goals by taking a particular set of actions: using IaaS or PaaS a microservice(ish) architecture containers orchestrators. Now let’s talk about the most common of those business goals: speed, scale and margin. The … Continued

What is a Cloud Native Strategy?

In the last two blogs on this subject we talked about Cloud Native computing and about strategy. In this blog, we’ll put the two together and consider Cloud Native Strategy – what it means and how to do it. In our first post we defined Cloud Native as a toolbox of approaches (IaaS or PaaS, … Continued

What is Cloud Native?

  According to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) a Cloud Native strategy is about scale and resilience: “distributed systems capable of scaling to tens of thousands of self healing multi-tenant nodes”. This is incredibly useful for folk like Uber or Netflix who want to hyperscale an existing product, reduce their operating costs, and improve … Continued