7 October (How else are you spending your 280th day of the year?)
Cloud Native is the present and future of computing.
It’s what allows us to deliver software quickly, provision it cheaper than before and it brings Dev and Ops together. While we still iron out WTF it is, let’s get down to some fundamentals. Infrastructure.
Applications have been conforming to infrastructure for decades. From on-prem to Cloud Native, the applications are the reason we run infrastructure.
But, for some reason, we’re back to gatekeeping.
We've automated and abstracted infrastructure to hide it from developers. We've added side cars and libraries and smoke and mirrors. This isn’t sustainable.
Unnecessarily complicated infrastructure is a red flag.
It's time for infrastructure to support applications natively for all of the functionally they need. We need infrastructure that understands application networking, authentication, and performance. The next wave of infrastructure will succeed by giving developers all the power infrastructure engineers have had.
Justin Garrison is a developer advocate at AWS where he helps improve container services for everyone. In the past he has helped make Oscar-winning movies, built infrastructure for Disney+, and has been active in open source for a long time. In his spare time he enjoys tinkering with hardware and software and streaming Moana on repeat (here you go - in case you’re in the mood. We know we are.)
Jamie Dobson is Co-Founder and CEO of Container Solutions, a professional services
company that specializes in Cloud Native transformation. Jamie is the co-author of the new book Cloud Native Transformation: Practical Patterns for Innovation, (O'Reilly Media, 2020). A veteran software engineer, he specializes in leadership and organizationalstrategy and is a frequent presenter at conferences.
Tereza Hozmanova has been responsible for many IRL sides to tech since 2013. From project management and events to account management and technical training, her work brings the world of tech to life in a myriad of ways. A connoisseur of ’ let’s make things happen’, she is one of the wonders behind Software Circus Fest and WTF is SRE. Whether IRL or online, her events see thousands of attendees, incredible engagement and an unparalleled sharing of skills and knowledge.