Can DevOps and Hybrid Model Extract Full Benefit of Legacy Applications

By CIOReview | Monday, November 26, 2018

Enterprises took long towards implementing cloud in their systems, but with this widespread adoption, enterprises will have the majority of their applications on cloud platform within the coming years. Hybrid cloud computing environment is being adopted now which incorporates private cloud and third-party, public cloud services amid two platforms. This is where DevOps and API come in the picture. Here are four steps on how to integrate legacy crew with the DevOps team to create a high-functioning hybrid cloud model.

• Find tools that go along well with other applications

Organizations must adopt solutions that treat legacy applications, cloud-native applications, and modern applications as they are the priority. Legacy applications tend to run on old operating systems which eventually become fragile, requiring standard care and feeding. Adopting an automation strategy can help in reducing risk factors associated with build, testing, deployment, and monitoring.

• Strive for simplicity

The workflows in an organization must make sure that the services delivered must apply to the vast majority of use cases. The data must be shared throughout the organization; leverage APIs to smoothen the team interaction with legacy workloads by extracting data from the legacy architecture. Moreover, improving one application in the cloud technology would not be beneficial; instead the entire cluster must be addressed for successful progress.

• Embrace one-team mentality

There is no added advantage in forming multiple teams. If the decision has been taken to adopt DevOps, then it must be followed by the entire organization.  DevOps isn’t only about the collaboration of developers and operation folks; instead, it’s about two separate silos forming into one. Learning is ongoing so it’s a must consideration and focus must be laid on improving the communication process.

• Avoid infrastructure-specific solution

Organizations need to learn to work on the application layer and how to deliver services for those applications. Legacy applications make it tough to manage any application component individually. This states that maintenance and upgrades are time-consuming, complicated and expensive. The adoption of infrastructure-as-code, either on-premises or in the cloud, give the teams permissions and tooling provision infrastructure on –demand but not every legacy application can be migrated to this type of support.

Automation enhances an organization’s agility by minimizing human dependencies across the organization. DevOps is not incompatible with legacy applications, but it requires an organization to evaluate that whether its implementation means something or not and how to embark upon this transformation.