Cloud-native’s fear factor (and how to overcome it)

The drive to embrace fully-blown -as-a-Service computing in wholly cloud-native technology deployments is an oft-spoken but rarely observed reality -- so what defines the cloud-native fear factor and how should organisations work to overcome their misgivings?

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Cloud computing already has a comparatively chequered history. We have moved from public cloud to now also understand how clouds can be built to deliver private, hybrid, multi and (just occasionally) poly-cloud instances, the latter being a separating-out of different parts of an application or data service workload across different cloud service providers.

But despite its rapid growth and current diversity of shapes and sizes - and despite the drive to adopt more virtualised work tools and platforms during the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic - the widespread proliferation of cloud-native technologies are still somewhat stifled.

From FOMO to FOCN

It’s not so much a case of FOMO (fear of missing out), it’s more of a case of FOCN (fear of cloud-native). Most companies are cloud-adoptive rather than cloud-native. A Rackspace survey carried out in 2020 suggested that while 9 in 10 businesses described themselves as cloud-native, they couldn’t quite agree on what the term meant.

This is the view of Pini Reznik in his role as co-founder and chief revenue officer at Container Solutions, an Amsterdam headquartered company known for its cloud-native software engineering work. Reznik suggests that the fear of cloud-native adoption may be a factor of firms perceiving that this is the sole preserve of bigger blue-chip companies.

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