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3 Steps to De-Risk Your Day 2 Operations

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Is your organization looking to gain a sustainable business advantage, or trying to increase business velocity with cloud native applications? Chances are your answer is yes or soon-to-be yes—and that you’ve had or will have a leading role in that app’s development.

For you and your business, risk is not an acceptable option—specifically the risk of performance and stability issues once
applications are in production, at scale, and on Day 2.

In this ebook, we examine why and how to strip the risk from Day 2 operations. For one, it has a tremendous upside for the organization. Because not only does it have tremendous upside for your organization, but it reflects extremely favorably on you as the architect!

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3 Steps to De-Risk Your Day 2 Operations

  1. 1. 1 D2iQ 3 Steps to De-Risk Your Day 2 Operations for A Smarter Business Strategy Day 2 De-Risk 3 Steps to De-Risk Your Day 2 Operations For A Smarter Business Strategy
  2. 2. 2 D2iQ 3 Steps to De-Risk Your Day 2 Operations for A Smarter Business Strategy The playing field is far from level. Organizations born in the cloud with their developer armies tend to have a leg-up on more traditional enterprises. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say the state of cloud native app development today is like tinker toys for digital natives. Introduction Is your organization looking to gain a sustainable business advantage, or trying to increase business velocity with cloud native applications? Chances are your answer is yes or soon-to-be yes—and that you’ve had or will have a leading role in that app’s development. For you and your business, risk is not an acceptable option—specifically the risk of performance and stability issues once applications are in production, at scale, and on Day 2. In this ebook we examine why and how to strip the risk from Day 2 operations. For one, it has a tremendous upside for the organization. Because not only does it have tremendous upside for your organization, but it reflects extremely favorably on you as the architect! Cloud Native Opportunities and Challenges The modern enterprise must balance an increasingly complex environment with its ability to innovate. No one says it’s an easy feat. On the plus side, at the intersection of cloud and open source, there lies a plethora of new technologies that can help businesses transform almost overnight—and transform overnight they are being forced to do. Since the year 2000, over half of the Fortune 500 have disappeared; through merger, acquisition, or simply closing their doors due to failure to take advantage of digital disruption. Undoubtedly, digital transformation is a major driver in the shift toward application-centric methodology. That said, new technologies, like cloud native ones, and how they interoperate, have introduced levels complexity that IT has not seen before. IT has been charged with the task of transforming the business through the use of real-time analytics and applications that can be tuned, updated, and optimized in minutes—not days or months. This rapid deployment model places tension and stress on the traditional IT functions and processes, requiring organizations to take an entirely new approach to application development and operations. 50%+ Fortune 500 have disappeared due to failure to take advantage of digital disruption
  3. 3. D2iQ 3 3 Steps to De-Risk Your Day 2 Operations for A Smarter Business Strategy Complexity:The Cloud Native Killer Whatever the size of your team or where your business sits on the DevOps maturity curve, complexity challenges everyone. It’s the biggest killer of cloud native applications. And when you’re faced with navigating an enormous open source universe to ensure that selected technologies will always work with your existing IT stack, it can lead to unique challenges on Day 0 (proof of concept), Day 1 (deploying your first application) and Day 2 (defined in the following section). Defining Day 2 Day 2 is a DevOps concept that has been around for several years, referring to the phase of the development lifecycle that follows initial deployment where the real application demands exist. On Day 2, Service Level Agreements (SLAs) are ratified and guaranteed, as organizations place stringent requirements on applications such as resilience, scale, agility, security, governance and compliance. In other words, Day 2 is when an enterprise feels the real business impact, or crushing loss if it fails, potentially flushing hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars down the drain. Beyond simply deploying one application with a handful of microservices, Day 2 means successfully navigating multiple cloud native applications deployed with different requirements, technologies, and SLAs that have to be managed and operated. Day 2 represents a consistent and sustainable operational capability across projects and applications, empowering organizations with a uniform way to audit, secure, and prove compliance. Day 2 is a DevOps concept that has been around for several years, referring to the phase of the development lifecycle that follows initial deployment where the real application demands exist. Audit Secure Prove Compliance
  4. 4. D2iQ 4 3 Steps to De-Risk Your Day 2 Operations for A Smarter Business Strategy Smart Companies (and Architects) Plan for Day 2 Before Day 0 The reality is that today’s dynamic IT environment, while experiencing the creation of truly amazing technology, forces organizations to choose from an excessive number of options—from cloud providers, to orchestration platforms, to setup tools. Do you use public cloud, private cloud, or a hybrid of the two? What do we use for monitoring and logging? How should I integrate my developer pipeline? The path to building applications can take months just for initial setup and often overlooks how these applications need to perform in the real-world every day. Celebrations on Day 1 when an application goes live are not only premature, but poor planning which can lead to untimely damage control on Day 2 when scale creates unforeseen problems, such as application crashes and performance degradation. However, the real failures in Day 2 are more process-related than technology, as organizations are unable to efficiently respond to application performance issues because they don’t have the correct monitoring, logging, and alerting to identify the root cause and remedy the incident. It’s about not knowing how to troubleshoot or recover in Day 2 that leads to the most tragic circumstances.
  5. 5. 5 D2iQ 3 Steps to De-Risk Your Day 2 Operations for A Smarter Business Strategy The Three Steps to Day 2 Success 1 Design with Day 2 in mind by including operational teams in planning conversations, as they will be responsible for architecture and platform decisions. 2 Understand that smarter and reliable deployments that drive an organization’s success are contingent on more than just technology. 3 Proactively identify production requirements for success before any code is written or specific technology is selected. Whether your goals and initiatives involve application orchestration leveraging a foundation of Kubernetes; massive application scale and reliability leveraging a Mesos and DC/OS foundation; or building and maintaining large-scale data analytics, data science and data-driven application environments using data services such as Kafka, Spark and Cassandra— making the three moves outlined in this ebook will allow you to embrace prevailing open source and cloud native innovations while realizing smarter Day 2 operations.
  6. 6. D2iQ 6 3 Steps to De-Risk Your Day 2 Operations for A Smarter Business Strategy Conclusion It’s time to make cloud native development ready for enterprise prime-time and empower all of you technical leaders who have the savvy to spearhead powerful change within your organization. Fundamental to this mission is early Day 0 planning for de-risking Day 2 to allow mission-critical applications to achieve their full strategic value for the business. The future of the modern application is based on cloud-native concepts and benefits, so be sure you’re preparing your organization, your career and your customers for long-term success.
  7. 7. 7 D2iQ 3 Steps to De-Risk Your Day 2 Operations for A Smarter Business StrategyD2iQ www.D2iQ.com/contact

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