Software development companies are not interested in managing their IT overheads anymore. They are keener to focus on the product by developing and delivering the software as soon as possible. In earlier days, software development companies had to manage a lot of servers and resources.
However, nowadays, they rely mostly on cloud-native computing applications so that they do not have to deal with IT management and overheads. With cloud computing, a software development company can offer products without any hardware, storage, or management. That means they can create software faster with more affordable means. But there are some aspects of cloud computing that developers have to be mindful of, especially cloud-native security. In this article, we will discuss those aspects and what the future holds for cloud computing.
The Paradigm Shift
In 2012, people were more reliant on IT management and solutions to develop software. However, in the current age, most people are reliant on cloud-based solutions, which gives more importance to the developers. In the earlier days, developers had to limit their innovations to the application layers, as anything beyond that was in the control of the IT department. However, all that changed with the emergence of cloud computing, and the current age developers can push a software development company towards innovation. That is why most companies have shifted their focus from infrastructure development and oriented themselves towards application.
Changes Made by Cloud-Native Solutions
Even though there are varied opinions about the increase in efficiency due to cognitive solutions, there is no denying that there has been a significant change in software development speed. Most applications get developed as containers or micro-services these days. These new approaches allow the developers to continue their innovations while the company invests in scalable solutions instead of allocating large amounts of money.
It also gives the company flexibility to scale up or down as and when required by utilizing the adequate resources to develop the product. That means companies can focus and gain from seasonal peaks by using cloud-native architecture. Users can also benefit from the move as they get the best possible services without any considerable downtime.
Cloud Data Security
While adopting cloud-based solutions for software development, most companies are concerned about software security. If you compare the security of legacy solutions with cloud-based solutions, the fundamentals of managing the threats remain the same.However, several other security issues need to get scrutinized, like policies and organizations. Since more and more networks are converging to cloud-based solutions, there has been an increase in cloud data security solutions. However, before choosing an ideal cloud-native security architecture, companies should consider the following:
- Software and applications might get deployed on a multitude of servers and cloud instances in numerous sites. That can create a challenge to establish clearly defined security boundaries. Therefore companies will have to choose the right tool to help them understand the scope of their cloud resources and how the applications interact with each other.
- The company needs to understand whether the cloud-native security tool can scan and manage multi-cloud environments for the organization.
- The company will also need to ensure that they can set and maintain policies to manage multi-cloud environments. They would need to implement micro-segments for the cloud-native architecture so that they can define the policies adequately. That way, they can define the applications that should be allowed to interact and any limitations for the interactions.
- Companies also need to ensure that cloud-native security would be a practical solution for the future.
Effect on the Future
The shift to cloud solutions is not just a trend but will continue to grow in the coming year. Experts are saying that cloud data solutions will see immense growth in 2021. Till now, cloud solutions were used mostly by large organizations. However, in the coming year many small and medium level enterprises will migrate to cloud computing.
Developers in these companies will not have to spin up VM’s anymore, but instead, they will be able to run the entire application stack using containers from the laptop. Once they are finished with the development process, they can simply carry their laptop and shift to the staging and production area. These organizations would not have to throw the entire existing infrastructure away because they would not be able to move the legacy applications easily to the cloud. That is why they would prefer to have a hybrid deployment where they can manage infrastructure on-premise and cloud environments as a single entity instead of two different entities.
This trend is going to continue in the future, which is why the security of such hybrid environments has become essential. But most legacy solutions are not meant to cope with such large amounts of computations every day. Therefore, risk management for such a hybrid infrastructure can become a concern for the future. Since there are no foolproof solutions for hybrid environments as of yet, companies need to ensure the security of both the infrastructures individually. That way they will be able to take advantage of the best possible computing solutions without increasing the security risks.