The Cloud Is A Great Leveller When Building New Applications
Open Source For You|June 2019
The Cloud Is A Great Leveller When Building New Applications

With all the disruption under way, it has probably never been more challenging to be a business leader. Today, leaders — and software developers — are measured on their ability to innovate, reduce costs and manage risks. To understand how this disruption is happening in the cloud and database industry, Ankita K.S. from the EFY Group had a chat with Ravi Pinto, director product management, Oracle Cloud Platform, at the Oracle Code 2019 event held at Bengaluru. Excerpts follow…

Q What are the new trends in the developer community?

A: Developers today are interested in new languages, new frameworks and are keen to develop transformational applications. One of the major issues today is that most enterprise developers end up spending a lot of their time maintaining existing/legacy applications and are left with very little time to build new ones. There’s also the myth that building new applications can be cost-intensive and time-consuming. But the cloud has emerged as a great leveller. Now, any company, be it a startup, an SMB or a large enterprise, has access to the same modern, enterprise-grade, secure technology. This allows the company to focus more on the business instead of getting caught up with managing routine IT tasks. With the cloud, you can be up and running in a few minutes or less than an hour, and start doing actual work -- maybe evaluating two or three different technologies you want to zero in on to build your next killer application!

Q For developers, what are the challenges when it comes to deploying applications on the cloud? How can they overcome these challenges?

A: The scenario is slightly different for cloud deployment vis-à-vis what happens on-premises. Applications written for on-premises might not necessarily be compatible with the cloud.

While the cloud has become a business imperative, cloud-native application development — which is on the cloud, for the cloud — has risen in popularity. Now, customers don’t have to bother much about managing the operations. They can start innovating at any given time and expand their thinking, making their applications accessible anytime on any device.

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) is doing great work around building sustainable developer ecosystems and supporting high-quality projects pertaining to cloud-native application development. Kubernetes is one of the projects under the Foundation’s purview. Since it is open source, there are many players who are bringing their bright ideas to that project.

Oracle is a part of the CNCF. We provide a managed Kubernetes service so that developers don’t have to bother about where to download and how to install Kubernetes, or try and figure out issues related to scaling the cluster, or worry about performance.

Q How is data being handled, stored and optimised today?

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