Should all the businesses owning online services consider cloud as a better solution for their infrastructure optimization?
No, not necessarily. Both cloud and so-called “ground” (physical servers) have their advantages and disadvantages.
As for the “ground” — hosting on the physical servers requires significant seed funding; servers maintenance (energy consumption, ventilation and conditioning system) costs a fortune.
Regarding the disadvantages of the cloud…well, here I can point the biggest concern of the clients — security. Even though big cloud providers have more resources to update the servers and keep them in the environment that meets maintenance requirements, very few financial institutions migrate to the cloud due to the critical data.
And specifically for security reason governmental institutions or financial firms do not place their infrastructures in the cloud. Moreover, there’s always GDPR and data protection laws that may restrict relying fragile data on third parties. So, banks, online exchanges, etc., may go cloud, but user information should be stored on their servers in the country they are based.
Cloud providers offer more and more benefits for the business. This is why companies move everything except for the critical data to the cloud.
Although the combination of DevOps and microservices has the potential to yield tremendous benefits to organizations and their teams, enterprises should still invest in a platform strategy to ensure everyone in Development and Operations can take advantage of these technologies.
A platform strategy doesn’t necessarily just refer to any underlying hardware and operating system/s. It also involves all software application developers build and run on, including the OS, cloud technologies, storage, and middleware framework. Setting up a platform also ensures that your microservices have an established base to scale out from without straining the organization.
In addition, the automation of tests, the delivery pipeline (for continuous flow), provisioning, and cloud sandboxes, help speed up the production process.
Bottom line? The evolution of microservices architectures and DevOps in the enterprise only helps organizations achieve their objectives and goals, all while staying ahead (or keeping up) with their competitors. Microservices and DevOps perfectly complement each other, speed up adoption, and encourage experimentation—things any business can benefit from.