As an enterprise, deploying and maintaining your own cloud platform is not how you win the race. You win the race by building a great business focused on applications. But today, every company in industry is becoming an app company. To increase your competitiveness, you need to be able to rapidly develop and prototype new apps and reduce your time to market. Some of the application types include:
- A simple application with a particular function (e.g. DB or LAMP stack) deployed on a single virtual machine (VM) or a complex application that spans multiple VMs, creates private networks, security groups and has multi-tiers.
- A cloud native application with 12 factor functionality or traditional enterprise application.
Currently your app deployment model may be based on creating individual VMs using a vanilla OS image, managing scripts or a VM template. This is problematic as it as constraints you with legacy practices you use today for the deployment, configuration and operating of applications.
So what is required to supercharge these apps? There are 4 key elements:
1. Choice of deployment model
You should be able to deploy the app from a variety of deployment options best suited for your business needs:
This could be through an application store with pre-existing templates or using configuration tools like Chef, Puppet, Ansible. With integrated CI/CD platform like jenkins, developers should be able to build and deploy test, staging or production clusters using the latest code from the corresponding private or public Git repository. Finally, one should be able to deploy very custom app starting with base images from an image library itself.
2. Self-service and multi-mode app deployment
Users should be able to do app lifecycle management operations on demand via all modes such as UI, API and CLI
- Self-service app deployment and deletion
- Continuous integration, testing and deployment of apps
- Application scaling, archiving and restoration
3. Self-operating and self-healing cloud infrastructure
IT can be much more efficient if they do not have to constantly deal with the underlying cloud infrastructure like compute, storage, networking changes or management software health monitoring, restarts, upgrades. Ultimately, the IT admins should become application architects instead of just dealing with infrastructure.
Many people equate infrastructure to plumbing that is always needed but one should not have to deal with it on a day to day basis. That analogy doesn’t bring out a critical aspect of infrastructure: agility. I think of it as a vehicle that carries your applications and delivers agility to developers and IT for application deployment. A hard to maintain vehicle can really hinder the speed of your business. What you really need is a vehicle that gives you agility without the burden of day to day maintenance of the vehicle. Cloud infrastructure with all these complex layers should be self-healing and just work- so users can focus on building your apps.
4. Choice of developer environment:
Users can be more productive if they have easy access to application language and development environment of their choice -Python, go, Node.js, java, C, go, Ruby or other.
ZeroStack’s zApp Store empowers users with all these capabilities for single-click and highly customizable application deployments.
zApp store allows you to rapidly build and deploy applications that drive engagement with your customers. It manages all of the activities related to deploying apps, allowing you to focus on a single goal: building great applications that help differentiate your business.The zApp Store is included with the ZeroStack’s zero touch Cloud Platform which includes self-healing infrastructure, cloud management software and self service consumption. This helps you focus on apps, not on infrastructure.
Go here to learn more about how zApp Store can turbo charge your cloud application deployment.