MultiValue and The Cloud: Flexibility for the Future
As seen in the Oct. 24 edition of DBTA’s 5-Minute Briefing MultiValue
With the ever-changing business landscape, many companies that rely on MultiValue platforms are looking for ways to integrate existing systems with new technologies – and specifically, figuring out how to leverage the capabilities of the cloud.
Organizations often find themselves torn between the platforms they’ve built their critical business applications on and user demands for modern, intuitive interfaces that provide anytime, anywhere access to web and mobile applications.
In today’s evolving technology space, we have arrived at a tipping point. It is easier than ever to embrace the range of capabilities by hosting application development platforms like MultiValue in the cloud. This approach can deliver value to organizations in many different ways, including improved performance, more overall business elasticity and new levels of automation as well as support for DevOps.
To be fair, replacing a MultiValue system can be expensive, risky, and time-consuming which is why companies that depend on MultiValue platforms sometimes feel limited by their options. But now is a perfect time for companies who rely on the power of MultiValue to modernize and rejuvenate existing applications by moving them to the cloud.
For starters, the cloud today provides a low barrier to entry for organizations looking to access powerful capabilities associated with MultiValue. If a company moves its application, it can now quickly and easily use tools that deliver a wide range of functionality and are resident in the cloud. Examples include AWS CloudWatch or Azure Application Insights for monitoring and setting up alerting rules around critical business functions; HA/DR, required for business continuity, is also much easier to setup in the cloud.
Many organizations are achieving dramatic improvements in overall performance by deploying MultiValue in the cloud. This approach makes available a wide range of services such as Azure’s Application Insights for Logging. Application Insights lets users open a dashboard and quickly identify what’s running in the cloud, making it much easier to monitor activity as well as search for and extract useful information and insights.
Another key advantage of hosting MultiValue in the cloud is the level of overall business elasticity that it provides. Organizations now have the freedom to “pay as you go”, reducing the need to purchase and support a complex system that requires a major capital expense and could represent increased risk. MultiValue in the cloud frees up funding that can then be spent on more strategic business imperatives.
We are seeing an increase in running DevOps in the cloud. Businesses can now use cloud-based orchestration tools to bring up test machines, deploy a new version of an application to a small group, and then switch over to production once it’s ready for GA.
MultiValue in the cloud also provides the ability to employ automation for areas such as load balancing. A retail customer has been using cloud-friendly products to stay connected to their hybrid architecture which is a mix of on-premise and cloud-deployed instances. They have been connecting the cloud’s orchestration services with Rocket’s Connection Manager to automatically handle and manage load. In addition, there are a couple Proof of Concept (PoC) pilots underway that scale the MultiValue App servers up and down automatically, enabling additional load to be handled without the need for a restart.
Plus, your MV application is always available, even during a maintenance event. Recently, a large financial services firm tested accessibility of its cloud-based MV application during just such a maintenance session. Despite running repeated replication processes, pausing and then re-directing traffic to the replicated server, the MV instance worked flawlessly without any issues.
Simply put, MultiValue in the cloud provides peace of mind. With an MV application development platform in the cloud, companies don’t have to worry about running out of disk space or data being deleted or whether they are running the most up to date version of an application. It is all managed behind the scenes.
At Rocket, we are excited about the tremendous potential for process improvement and increased efficiency that deploying a MultiValue application development platform in the cloud can deliver. The ultimate goal, of course, is to make it easier for businesses to modernize and grow by leveraging current technologies while also building in flexibility for the future.