Business transformation is all about re-imagining customer experience, business processes, operations and business models. In extreme cases, entire industries are being disrupted. We’ve witnessed first-hand how digital giants Uber and Lyft have upset transportation, AirBnB has turned the hotel industry on its head and our retail experience is forever changed by Amazon. These are examples of momentous changes, yet all around us incremental “digital transformations” are underway, fueled by automation. IDC provides examples like automated toll collection, grocery self-checkout and automated pizza delivery, which may not seem big, but collectively incremental changes such as these are transforming the way we live, work and play. Behind changes big and small are the developers of the world whom have become value multipliers for the business. And it doesn’t stop with developers. In a new and powerful partnership, IT operators accelerate the value delivered by developers and multiply it yet again, speeding delivery of application-based services to market. Lines-of-business are partnering with IT to identify technologies with the potential to transform the way they serve their customers, architect their processes, and transform traditional products to services-based offerings. These are the super powers of DevOps.
According to IDC, about 51% of large organizations use DevOps. Devs build their apps and port them into Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) where they extract value from intelligence and the ability to abstract and mobilize workloads among multiple, underlying cloud types. PaaS allows for building and re-platforming applications into a modern model with portability and modularity. PaaS enables packaging apps for easy consumption, leveraging containers, microservices and “function-as-a-service” wherein devs utilize pre-built functions for use in their apps instead of “re-inventing the functionality wheel” with each app they write.
“As demand for applications increases, the main business driver for PaaS solutions is the agility gained with which a developer can take a concept and deliver value to the user.” - IDC
Red Hat OpenShift is an open source PaaS built on containers (Docker, CoreOS) and orchestrated via Kubernetes. Most enterprises have tens to hundreds of apps running their business. Red Hat OpenShift is interesting to enterprises in large part because it supports both cloud-native, stateless apps and traditional stateful apps, acting as a bridge between these worlds (mode 1 and mode 2 in Gartner speak.)
Developers need data to feed their apps, making access to multiple sources of data a critical component for building modern applications. Data comes from everywhere; traditional databases, local files, cloud, machines, web portals and social media. A survey of 400 execs in the financial services industry found that 49% claim to have more than 10 internal and external data sources that are relevant for their business processes (Kofax, 2017). Thus, data services are an essential extension to PaaS.
Hitachi Vantara are experts in data services for enterprises, providing data integration, cleansing, streaming, replication, synchronization and data pipeline optimization. Hitachi partners with Red Hat to offer data services for Red Hat OpenShift as well as Red Hat for OpenStack environments. Hitachi Unified Compute Platform converged infrastructure leverages Hitachi Storage Plug-in for Containers and allows persistent storage utilizing Virtual Storage Platform systems to be orchestrated with Kubernetes and Docker Swarm in support of stateful applications development.
Developers in the Drivers Seat: The New DX Power Brokers – IDC Directions, 2018