Eric Schmidt, at Google's Next conference keynote, talked about how businesses urgently must move to the Cloud to stay competitive. He said:
"I'll bet the rest of my business career that the future of your business is big data and machine learning, applied to the business opportunities, customer challenges and things before you."
- Eric Schmidt, Chairman, Google
He specifically referenced the value brought by Spinnaker and other open-source projects to tackling these challenges.
In her keynote, Diane Green, head of Google's Cloud business, highlighted big reasons to move from datacenters to the Cloud, including security at scale, flexibility, scalability and increased reliability. She shared how the Cloud is allowing companies in healthcare to predict patient outcomes and do advanced diagnosis, how energy companies are making factories smarter and more efficient, and how retail is removing billions of dollars of cost.
At Armory, we believe that every Global 2,000 company will move to the Cloud to stay competitive over the next decade, and in fact, based on a survey of 489 companies in this O’Reilly eBook, "Cloud Native Evolution: How Companies Go Digital," (a highly recommended read) a full 94% of enterprises anticipate migrating to the Cloud within the next five years -- and 42% of those to a public Cloud:
The first (and main) key part of leveraging the benefits of the Cloud is actually being able to deploy applications to the Cloud in a Cloud-native way that leverages benefits like Red/Black deployments, Immutable infrastructure, Canary deployments and fast roll-backs. Moving your datacenter applications and workloads to the cloud without modernizing your deployment processes is like pulling a 731 horsepower Ferrari supercar with one horse.
And in fact, moving to the cloud changes everything about how your company will architect applications, because suddenly, you can break monolith apps into smaller, purpose-built services and deploy each on its optimal cadence -- here are some examples from the O'Reilly eBook:
And this happened to the Armory founders when we worked at our last company -- here's our CTO Isaac describing it in his HackerNews AMA:
If you don't know as much about these topics as you'd like, but recognize the value moving to the Cloud could provide your company (and the urgency of doing so), I highly recommend these two presentations I saw at Google Next, which illustrate the value of using Spinnaker to deploy in a Cloud-native way, and the benefits you'll get out of the box:
- Best Practices for Continuous Delivery on GCP: A Deep Dive on how Google Leverages Spinnaker
- Spinnaker Enables Multi-Cloud Deployments for Waze, and Saved 1,000 People
Here also is the Google Next keynote -- starting 1:56 into it, at Eric Schmidt's keynote: