Cloud native series: Sumo Logic points to ‘dramatic’ adoption of Linux on Azure

It’s 2017 – and that means we’re now starting to build software application development architectures, algorithms and applications for the cloud computing model of service-based application and data storage/analytics… and we’re starting to do it natively.

In what will now comprise a series of pieces for the Computer Weekly Developer Network, we zone in on commentary relating to the cloud native world and feature a number of guest pieces focused on analysing key issues in this space.

Bow to your sensei

First up we turn to Sumo Logic, a firm known for its cloud-native machine data analytics platform designed for what has been called ‘continuous intelligence’ in the continuous always-on world of cloud.

The company’s ‘State of Modern Applications in the Cloud’ report is based on anonymised data from more than 1,500 customers using Sumo Logic’s own machine data analytics platform.

“Today’s enterprises are striving to [build] services built on ‘modern architectures’ i.e. an application stack with new tiers, technologies and microservices — typically running on cloud platforms like AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform,” said Kalyan Ramanathan, vice president of product marketing for Sumo Logic. “Sumo Logic is known for our work building and operating massive multi-tenant, highly distributed cloud systems, [we are] the industry’s first machine data analytics platform to natively ingest, index and analyse structured and unstructured data together in real-time.”

Key findings of the report

Linux OS is a legitimate option across all cloud platforms.

  • Linux is the dominant operating system running on AWS.
  • Linux is also growing dramatically in Azure from four percent (2016) to 12 percent (2017).

Containers and functions growth is unprecedented.

  • AWS Docker adoption has grown from 18 percent (2016) to 24 percent (2017).
  • AWS Lambda adoption has almost doubled from 12 percent (2016) to 23 percent (2017).

Legacy vendors are struggling to find relevance in the modern app world.

  • MySQL is the number one database running in AWS and along with Redis and MongoDB, accounts for 40 percent of database adoption.
  • Microsoft SQL and Oracle DB significantly lag in terms of usage in AWS and are only adopted by a combined six percent of customers.
  • Nginx and Apache are the leading web servers in AWS.

Cloud security paradox

Organisations are uncovering a cloud security paradox.

  • Security remains a top concern for enterprises moving to the cloud as their legacy on premise security/SIEM tools are insufficient.
  • Unfortunately only 50 percent of enterprises are leveraging CloudTrail, the primary security audit for AWS.
  • Enterprises of all sizes must leverage security, networking and audit services from their native cloud providers.