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What Being Cloud-Native Really Means

At Cloud Expo, David Linthicum to discuss how to be truly cloud-native and understand how to properly use each layer

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You hear this everywhere these days: Build applications that are cloud-native - that is, developed specifically for cloud platforms. The trouble is everyone has his or her own definition of "cloud-native." As a result, cloud-hosted applications are all over the place in their use of native features. Many are not designed properly, and they're worse off in the cloud than when they ran in the data center.

What are the fundamentals of being cloud-native? As I see it, being cloud-native is more about the application architecture and design than how you code the thing. Sadly, many people - in IT and at the vendors - are missing the boat on both points.

To properly take advantage of a cloud platform, including IaaS and PaaS, you have to design the applications so that they're decoupled from any specific physical resource. Of course, clouds can provide an abstraction or virtualization layer between the application and the underlying physical (or virtual) resources, whether they're designed for cloud or not. But that's not good enough.

When this architecture is considered in the design, development, and deployment of an application, the utilization of the underlying cloud resources can be as much as 70 percent more efficient. This cloud computing efficiency equals money. You're paying for the resources you use, so applications that more efficiently work with those resources run faster and generate smaller cloud services bills at the end of the month.

Each cloud has its own way for you to leverage its native features. But typically, you can access these features via layers, including the topmost virtual platform/OS, underlying resources (such as storage and data), and then the cloud-native services, such as provisioning and tenant management.

In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, David Linthicum, SVP at Cloud Technology Partners, to discuss how cloud-native services provide the capability you need, but to be truly cloud-native, you have to understand how to properly use each layer. This means understanding the cloud platforms, as well as the subplatforms and resources. Most developers and application designers are not yet thinking in those terms. It's time to start.

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Leading technology publications frequently name David S. Linthicum among the top 10 enterprise technologists in the world. He is a true thought leader in the industry, and an expert in complex distributed systems, including cloud computing, data integration, service oriented architecture (SOA), and big data systems. As the author of over 13 books on computing with over 3,000 published articles, as well as radio and TV appearances as a computing expert, he is often quoted in major business and technology publications. In addition, he is a frequent keynote presenter at industry conferences, with over 500 presentations given in the last 20 years.

Linthicum's industry experience includes tenures as CTO and CEO of several successful public and private software companies, and upper-level management positions in Fortune 100 companies. He has delivered over $2 billion in value by transforming companies from traditional to innovative technologies, moving them to lucrative exits that benefitted investors, employees and customers.

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