F5 releases the 2021 Application Policy Status Report. This seventh annual report identifies several key trends in integration, including the impact of companies accelerating digital transformation to respond to users’ digital experiences in order to meet new consumer needs during the outbreak. Over the past year, companies have significantly accelerated the pace of their digital transformation, a trend that is expected to continue in the post-epidemic era. With physical face-to-face interactions limited, applications and the digital experience they bring have become a key element of sustainable business growth.
Improving connectivity, reducing latency, ensuring security, and using data content are all more important than ever, as IT teams can barely keep up with the pace of change and digital experiences. While microservices, APIs, and containers can accelerate the roll-out of individual applications from the Perspective of DevOps, the reach and reach of modern applications also leads to increased complexity, leaving many enterprises with the skills to streamline and accelerate deployment, especially for application management across multigenerational application architectures. As a result, the new study focuses on four major trends: cloud-and-as-a-service scenarios, edge computing, application security, and delivery technologies that require less expertise in deployment and management and provide immediately available information.
Applications and architectures continue to be modernized
According to the SOAS survey, 87% of enterprises operate in a way that coexists with traditional application architectures. Modernization is necessary when traditional systems are too rigid to adapt to rapidly changing business conditions. More than three-quarters (77%) of respondents said they are currently modernizing internal or client applications and are primarily using ANPI to enable them to combine traditional and modern application components. Furthermore, the proportion of enterprises maintaining multiple application architectures is growing, and surveys confirm that as-a-service and managed service scenarios continue to be used to replace some applications because vendors can offer alternatives to their cloud affinity.
With the expansion of containerization, edge computing technology has emerged
Edge operations typically refer to operations performed outside a centralized data center. With employees and consumers logging in from increasingly dispersed locations, edge computing has been seen as an important way to modernize applications to reduce latency and accelerate immediate response. As a result, edge computing must evolve to more effectively support modular application components, such as containers that reside in multiple clouds. In addition to accelerated and more efficient deployment, putting containerized applications on the edge improves scalability and the customer experience. Surveys show that 76% of enterprises have completed construction or actively planned edge computing deployments to capture these advantages, with the main motivation being to improve application effectiveness and collect data and support analytics.
SaaS and cloud deployments accelerate growth – building flexibility and security
Applications deployed in the cloud continue to grow, with more than two-thirds (68%) of respondents also deploying some application security and delivery technologies to the cloud. At the same time, enterprises must maintain the architectural complexity of on-premises and multi-cloud environments and application modernization as they add SaaS and edge computing solutions. To successfully integrate these elements into a cohesive application strategy, you need to upgrade the level of tools, technologies, IT programs, and analytics that are applied to dynamic architectures. Security remains a key driver, and organizations often need capabilities that exceed their existing resources to stay ahead of attackers. The survey results reflect this challenging task, with SaaS security services becoming the top strategic trend for respondents.
Use telemetry to meet evolving customer and business expectations
Using telemetry to convert large amounts of data into useful business information is necessary for adaptive applications. As many as 95 percent of respondents said they lacked information about effectiveness, security, and availability, and therefore needed better end-to-end information than they had monitoring and analysis scenarios, and individuals’ tasks in the enterprise were consistent with this theme, citing the three most lacking information: the root cause of the application problem, the cause of the compromise, and potential attack information. Nearly three-quarters of respondents wanted to adopt artificial intelligence to make more efficient use of telemetry, while more than half sought artificial intelligence to help their businesses move to applications that automatically adapt to defend themselves and adapt to changing conditions.
The F5 SOAS report surveyed more than 1,500 respondents worldwide, a large proportion of whom were from asia pacific, covering medium and large companies and professional responsibilities across a wide range of industries. Basically, the survey focuses on IT decision makers to understand the priorities, concerns, and expectations of those tasked with today’s digital economy challenges. Their comments give us an idea of how organizations can adapt their application strategies to more effectively meet their customers’ needs today and in the future.