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Navigate The Challenges Of Classic Cloud Foundry Deployments with anynines | Julian Fischer

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Classic Cloud Foundry deployments continue to present numerous challenges and the price you pay for getting it wrong can be detrimental. Cloud strategies are changing with organizations wanting to move towards something based on Kubernetes. However, navigating these difficulties can be problematic. In this episode of TFiR Let’s Talk, Swapnil Bhartiya sits down with Julian Fischer, CEO and Co-Founder of anynines, to discuss the key challenges for classic Cloud Foundry deployments.

He says, “The challenge is how do you take from the infrastructure provider what gives or helps you to generate value as quickly as possible while maintaining that healthy balance to be able to adopt additional, or maybe even migrate to different infrastructure vendors for costs or legal reasons? That’s one of the key challenges in building platforms. If you make a mistake there, except too much of a vendor lock-in, the costs in the midterm are way beyond imagination.

Key highlights from this video interview are:

  • Organizations that have invested in Cloud Foundry and run applications on top of it are now deciding whether to move towards something based on Kubernetes. Fischer explains the direction they are going with setting up Cloud Foundry on Kubernetes internally initially and some of the challenges with classic Cloud Foundry deployments.
  • Fischer describes how anynines leverages open source technologies to make it consumable by the enterprise; however, getting more modules related to Kubernetes to then help organizations fit them in within their organization does not necessarily change or conflict with anynines long-term strategies.
  • There are two key challenges that affect users of classic Cloud Foundry, making informed decisions when building a platform for organizations by monitoring different technologies and knowing the organization. Secondly, making sure what you take from the infrastructure provider enables you to generate value as quickly as possible.
  • Fischer discusses the pricing models and how they are changing in the market. anynines offers operational credits and license credits with automation falling under license credits and operational services coming under operational credit. He explains how this helps organizations adapt platforms over time.
  • There are key drivers for why enterprises want to migrate to Kubernetes. One is that Kubernetes is so ubiquitous but still comes with challenges of running a multitude of Kubernetes clusters. Fischer discusses how they provide automation to provide operational efficiencies as close to large Cloud Foundry platforms as possible.
  • Fischer shares his insights into the right approach for adopting Kubernetes. He explains the importance of having operational efficiencies in place and having a centralized governance around building application development platforms within a larger organization with local autonomy.
  • One of the challenges of vendor lock-in is risk, not only with infrastructure but with data services vendors also. Fischer describes the scenarios of how vendor lock-in can affect organizations and how they can mitigate that risk to avoid damage to the business.
  • Fischer discusses how technical debt is challenging organizations to migrate. He explains how if you are a Cloud Foundry user, then you learn to build packs and how this helps keep the knowledge in the technology and not in one person. He believes that the foundation of declarative operational models also helps enable quicker learning with more freedom.
  • Since cloud strategies are evolving, anynines’ offerings and services are going to change too. Fischer feels Cloud Foundry is going to play a central role in this evolution. He explains the communication challenges in exchanging information with services from external vendors and from ones within organizations and tells us how anynines marketplace is helping with this challenge.
  • Fischer goes into depth about mitigating the infrastructure lock-in risk, and the challenges of being infrastructure -independent and managing tenants. He discusses the best practice of having identity management of a particular infrastructure provider if you don’t have a primary identity server. He tells us how anynines UAA can help.

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The summary of the show is written by Emily Nicholls.

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