Modernize your mission-critical applications for the hybrid cloud era: 5 key steps

Many important business applications today are based on old architectural patterns or run on older infrastructure that is inefficient, inflexible and expensive to maintain – but how are they modernized? Here are some approaches that quickly yield impressive results.

By Luis Javier Sanchez, HPE Worldwide Hybrid Cloud Consultant

The majority of companies operate their revenue-generating services on applications based on old architectural patterns that run on older and proprietary infrastructure. Companies are aware that they need to modernize these applications to keep up with the pace required by the company. But how can they do it in ways that yield impressive results – fast?

I addressed that question in a recent article: 5 fast winding paths for application modernization. Here is a quick summary of the five highly effective strategies that I described in the article:

1. Re-host and re-platform to hybrid cloud. Migrate applications from aging or non-strategic platforms. Consider moving mainframe and UNIX workloads, e.g. For Linux or Windows. This may require technical changes to enable custom coded applications to work in the target environment, but it does not require changes to the business logic or application language. Consider building one managed hybrid cloud with HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform

Transform into modern languages ​​and open source components using automation. Older application languages ​​and proprietary components increase operating costs and integration complexity. With automated migration tools, you can move to modern languages ​​and open source alternatives

3. Containerize applications so they can be inserted anywhere in your hybrid cloud property. Containerization provides true cloud-native capabilities with greater portability, faster deployment cycles, improved maintenance capability, and greater scalability.

4. Re-architect for stateless and micro-services. Use domain-driven design techniques and tools to transform traditional applications into modern applications based on microservices.

5. Re-architect to cloud-native architectures. These architectural patterns allow you to design modular applications where components are loosely coupled and implemented automatically in different environments. Applications are more elastic; resources are allocated as needed and adapted to the necessary resources.

I unpacked these approaches in more detail in article, and I also looked at the three key principles to keep in mind when defining your modernization path. Definitely worth reading if you want to modernize your applications to the modern hybrid cloud era (See: What is hybrid cloud?).

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Luis Javier Sanchez is an HPE Worldwide Hybrid Cloud Consultant focusing on application migration and modernization. With 15 years of experience, he helps companies understand their application landscape, design of application modernization and migration paths and management of application migration projects around the world from the first strategic decisions to the execution of the modernization activities or the actual migration.

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