by Simon Ambridge

Why Should You Consider a Move to the Cloud?

Organizations have—for decades—relied on traditional monolithic databases to run their core business operations, but these products were never designed to support the requirements of modern application architectures. This isn’t surprising, and hardly a failing; advances in technology have come fast and furious in the last ten years or so. Even with these advances, monolithic databases have been stable and reliable for decades, and served enterprise organizations well in many ways. Still, on demand scalability and continuous availability have remained elusive. 

Today, modern tools and technologies allow developers to design and build web-scale microservices and container-based applications. Cloud service providers enable new flexibility and availability for deploying these distributed applications, and in turn, these distributed applications require a distributed database to support them. The next step is to select a distributed database that supports the availability and consistency requirements of your application. The non-scalable centralised databases enterprises relied on in the past supply the consistency, but not the scalability and availability needs of new applications. They just don’t work in this type of architecture, and indeed become a limitation.

If you want to migrate business-critical applications to the cloud, they need to be continuously available, able to scale out and in on demand, and they need to be agile enough—and flexible enough—to maintain compliance with changing regulations. So while legacy-database technology powered much of the applications to date, technologists need to be able to identify solutions that enable you to both reduce technical debt and increase business agility as you move forward.

There are two big themes that emerged in 2019, reflected in analysis from 451 Research: 

  1. Organisations are increasingly looking to cloud, hybrid cloud, and multi-cloud as a means of increasing business and technical agility while also reducing costs.
  2. The massive technology wave that is the Kubernetes ecosystem continues to evolve and expand.

These trends suggest that during the course of 2020 and 2021 roughly 75% of primary workload deployment will move away from on-premise and instead be delivered on cloud architectures. Furthermore, 451 Research indicates that while 90% of applications don’t use containers today, 95% of new applications will use container technology.

451 research primary workload

Organisations want to be able to grow, without being held back by outdated and poorly-utilised resources, and they need flexibility and agility in order to be able to adapt quickly to market changes and demands. A move to a cloud computing environment introduces a way for them to gain flexibility and agility by offering significant benefits compared to the on-premises infrastructure.

But this trend towards cloud adoption is also due to the fact that the way that developers work, is changing—application developers have more influence in workload deployment now than ever before, and the uptake of containers, and container orchestration is increasing. Developers and system administrators today support a very agile method of developing and deploying applications using the latest continuous integration and continuous delivery (CICD) methods. That increased efficiency allows businesses to innovate and bring changes to the market much faster. It’s important to make sure that you consider how to ensure that their agility is supported by a modern application stack. 

Watch this webinar on demand to learn how you can scale out (not up) with a distributed SQL database and transition to the cloud on your schedule.