Codemill hosted Cloud Native Lightning Talks earlier this year in Umeå - a total of eleven speakers discussing all aspects of cloud native, containerization and Kubernetes. After the event, we spoke to Erik Lindskog, Team Leader and Senior Developer at Codemill and Robert Winter, CEO of Elastisys. What follows are some of the main learnings and highlights.
Greater Freedom, More Uptime
In his talk, Erik explained how Codemill already has every team working natively in the cloud - already a natural part of the workflow. Also, most of the team have projects live in Kubernetes already – the first step towards containerization, building up internal knowledge on the go from there.
From a developer perspective, the advantages of working in a cloud native environment include greater freedom. That’s in addition to closer collaboration with the people who manage the whole cluster, who can fix it, as well as add storage.
In general business terms, the benefits of cloud native and a microservices architecture are clear: more uptime and greater reliability. They also make it easier to develop services faster, as well as testing and running them locally, instead of on a big application stack externally.
Cloud native also lends itself well to Agile methodologies – largely because deployments are quick and easy. In fact, with native, some companies do hourly deployments and that just wasn’t possible before. By contract, other companies might even have a schedule for release up to a year in advance. A final benefit for native is it’s easier to just roll back small microservices, instead of a whole server park, as was previously the case.
Productivity & Efficiency
Robert Winter, CEO of Elastisys was one of the organisers of the event. He believes that in Umeå, despite the lack of local tech giants, we have still come a lot further than people realise when it comes to this area. A lot of companies are a long way into their adoption of these advanced technologies.
His own take on its main benefits are around increased developer productivity, overall cost efficiency and availability of systems. Getting away from slow loading and general poor performance of products is another major consideration.
Elastisys is Sweden based cloud native consultancy services. Providing an advanced cloud solution, delivering availability, performance and cost-efficiency to IT operations. Building on a decade of world-renowned cloud research, their vision is self-driving IT operations.
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