Cloud-Native is the most used and abused term in the industry now. It has been used to represent anything from cloud services to containers to DevOps tools. We consider cloud-native infrastructure to be an infrastructure that is consumed as a service through an API. Public clouds are an obvious candidate for cloud-native infrastructure, but we consider any infrastructure whose complexity is completely abstracted away to be consumed as a service through an API. With this definition in mind, we are going to make a case to rethink governance to fit the cloud-native infrastructure.
In traditional IT, organizations had more leverage over their infrastructure, and the access was heavily gated. The security perimeter was also confined within the control of the IT. However, cloud computing and cloud-native shifts the control away from enterprise IT departments and give more power to developers consuming IT resources. The security perimeter transcends the organizational boundaries and, in the case of multi-cloud, spans multiple cloud providers. This change makes governance much more complicated and changes the very nature of governance to be more dynamic.
Listed below are a few critical capabilities a cloud-native governance model must include:
A move to cloud-native from the traditional systems based approach requires governance platforms to embrace programmability and take advantage of native APIs. As the cloud environment changes dynamically, the governance platform can tap into the APIs to have the most up to date data and also provide the necessary levers to ensure compliance. With a cloud-native governance platform, organizations can empower their developers to operate at the speed of business while also having the required guardrails. Please contact us here to learn more on CoreStack’s cloud-native governance model.