The existence of billions of connected devices presents a number of challenges. These machines will significantly predict and understand how the world works, processing arrays of data in near latency-free time, this data will be highly valuable and potentially vulnerable.
More than half of technology leaders see multiple security concerns directly connected to digital transformation initiatives, including increasing cybersecurity risks (53%), the sophistication of cybercriminals (56%) and the increasing threat surface (53%). These threats are compounded by problems caused by a rigid technology infrastructure. The rigid infrastructure of embedded systems and their mission-critical applications.
Mission critical systems and applications are migrating to the cloud to create intelligent systems with secure data and to ensure business success. Mission-critical applications refer to applications that have a major impact on an organisation’s operations and whose failure has serious consequences for any business.
Mission-critical applications are the software programmes, or the software as a whole, that must run continuously for a company to be successful. If one of these applications suffers even a moment of downtime, it can have serious and negative consequences for the business.
Failure of these applications can lead to financial losses, productivity losses and even damage to the company’s reputation. Examples of critical applications vary from industry to industry.
What mission critical services have in common is that they are essential to operations and must be continuously connected. Stability and availability are fundamental to these architectures and the support associated with these applications. Components that help maintain stability include:
Migrating these mission-critical applications to the cloud has many benefits, as it provides a high level of scalability and flexibility. This allows companies to leverage more resources at a lower cost. However, the process of migrating to the cloud can be slow when migrating a mission-critical application.
Migrating to the cloud can be risky for companies, and many are unwilling to take risks with such applications. Generally, it is security and compliance issues that must be prioritised before migrating to the cloud. This is compounded by the potentially high costs involved. Today, solutions are available to help organisations successfully migrate to the cloud.
It is essential to invest time and resources in the planning stage, addressing challenges and customising the migration process to the particular needs of each company.
The industry is engaged in a debate about the benefits and risks of hosting mission-critical applications in the public cloud. Any enterprise must consider compliance, security, performance and availability. There are laws restricting where applications and data can be hosted and stored.
In general, the public cloud has come a long way in the areas of security and performance as large providers such as AWS have grown. As a result, security issues have been addressed. This results in an organisation being able to save money by relying on the right provider rather than investing in specialised tools and staff, leaving the provider to manage the infrastructure and resources. Conversely, there are also companies that prefer to control their IT infrastructure for mission-critical applications themselves, thus ensuring the availability of their resources.
Among the factors to be taken into account by companies is availability. This depends on the cloud provider’s ability to keep its services up and running, as full availability is essential for such mission-critical applications. Public cloud providers are typically better at maintaining infrastructure uptime than individual IT groups running applications in data centres. The downside of these providers is that they can become unavailable.
In short, mission-critical applications are attractive applications for cybercriminals to attack and are valuable. When these applications migrate to the cloud, security is critical and key to the process. Following the steps below can make or break the decision to migrate mission-critical applications to the cloud:
Cloud-based services have grown from simple storage spaces to mission-critical applications that serve as the backbone of a company’s network and security infrastructure.
Organisations are relying on the cloud to run applications in the cloud, overcoming security concerns. However, the migration process must be meticulous and planned by enterprises and cloud service providers.
Among the conditions for this process to be successful are the pursuit of a healthy architecture and a controlled migration to the cloud, taking analytics capabilities to a new level. The result will be more competitive and company-tailored applications, including advanced analytics. Once mission-critical applications are in the cloud, AI and Machine Learning can be leveraged for efficient, high-performance application development.