The morphological convergence to Cloud Native, everywhere

Date: Thu, 05/23/2019 - 10:09 Source: By Chris Merz, Principal Technologist, NetApp

Time seems to pass particularly swiftly over the technology landscape, and thus it's hard to believe that Kubecon is now entering it's 5th year as the premier event and gathering for the Kubernetes ecosystem. It is striking to look back at the swift and unprecedented rise of Containers, Kubernetes, and the Cloud Native movement
The morphological convergence to Cloud Native, everywhere

Chris Merz, Principal Technologist, NetApp

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Since the orchestrator was open-sourced in mid-2014, we have witnessed the inexorable advance of Kubernetes as the Next Big Thing in technology. While containers have been around since 2008 (and in many prior forms before then), the explosion of interest, and wholesale adoption over the past several years has mirrored the growth of the management system that has come to be a ubiquitous symbol for microservice architectures, as well as a core pillar of what it means to be Cloud Native. As Kubernetes goes, so go containerized applications.
With its growing adoption in the classic Enterprise space, K8s is entering the next phase of maturation. While many have associated the concept of Cloud Native with public hyper-scale cloud providers, Kubernetes has offered a common path for Cloud Native to be extended to ALL clouds. Public, Private, Hybrid; on-premises and off. The lines have blurred, or become cloudy (if you will forgive the pun).
What is a Cloud? What are Cloud Native best practices? How is DevOps involved in this journey from traditional IT models to the new Cloud Native era? These questions all lead us to an explanation that we can borrow from Biology: Morphological Convergence. The reason that everything is starting to look the same in many ways, is due to the dictates of adaptation. When a physical form is adaptively superior, organisms of differing biological backgrounds end up looking quite similar (for example: sharks and dolphins).
Cloud Native practices, tools, and architectures are the path to adaptive technical business practices, and most organizations (62%, according to a recent Turbonomic survey) are on their journey to Cloud Native morphology. In undertaking this next great transformation, NetApp has emerged as the trusted advisor for the Enterprise and global business, here to help guide organizations from their first tentative steps, to complete Cloud Native transition, with a true Hybrid Multicloud experience, powered by a Data Fabric that interconnects the lifeblood of every organization: Your Data.
We welcome you to join us at KubeCon 2019 in Barcelona to experience our exciting and innovative solutions, products and Data Fabric improvements, and learn how NetAp extends Cloud Native capabilities to the Enterprise and the world's largest global technology organizations.

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