Being the new guy at Techstrong Group, the first couple of weeks was spent trying to find things. Like the bathroom when I’m at HQ in Boca Raton or the login to the SurveyMonkey account so I could check on the status of our various in-flight research projects.
I also realize I have to learn the vernacular, especially around DevOps and this cloud-native stuff. To be clear, I’ve been researching DevOps and how to integrate security into the process (yes, DevSecOps) for a while. But this cloud-native terminology is something I need to learn more about.
You’re probably a bit confused about why I’m perplexed by the term ‘cloud-native.’ My work in cloud security for the past 10 years gave me some opinions about vernacular. When I say “cloud-native,” I’m typically referring to the native services you use in your cloud provider. Like AWS Fargate or Azure Container Registry. Those services are “native to the cloud (provider).”
But I’m realizing that native cloud services are only a portion of the larger cloud-native revolution. Like DevOps, cloud-native is a state of mind, not a service you buy from a cloud provider. It’s about openness. It’s about portability. It’s about agility. It’s also humbling as I realize I have a lot more to learn.
That’s why I’m looking forward to our CloudNativeDay event on August 10, 2022. I get an opportunity to dig in and learn about some topics germane to my new coverage areas. For instance, the session on cloud-native challenges in traditional enterprises caught my eye. I’ve been involved in born-in-the-cloud companies, so we didn’t have any installed base to consider. But how would you embrace new and disruptive technology when your company has extensive legacy infrastructure? I can’t wait to hear about those more traditional enterprises’ opinions and experiences.
Observability is also high on my list of things to learn more about. I’ve been working with customers on advanced security monitoring strategies for decades, but looking at the application layer and associated infrastructure is a different animal. I suspect there will be some technical similarities (collect data, analyze data, alert on data, etc.), but the use cases are fundamentally different.
I’m also excited for the last keynote of the day. However, I’m a little biased since it involves an excellent conversation Mitch Ashley and I had with Donald Lutz of Taos (an IBM company), where we dug into some of the enterprise migration challenges he’s seen in the field.
They say that when you’re young, you know everything. But as you get older, you realize you don’t know anything. I’m definitely in the latter camp, which is why I’m not going to squander a great opportunity to learn—and neither should you. Register and check out the event. I’ll see you there.