Implementing digitalization in a cloud-native way? For sure!

Interview with Marcus Adä (Exclusive Networks) and Michael Berg (F5) on the topic of “cloud-native digitization”

Michael Berg. What risks must be considered and avoided in digitalization projects if the project implementation is based on cloud-native technologies?

For most companies, the rapid implementation of such a project is important. In addition, a lot of attention is paid to subsequent agility, i.e., the ability to adapt quickly to changing business conditions and strategies, which means that such projects very often rely on cloud-native technologies for fast and successful implementation.

What initially tends to be pushed aside are the broader thoughts on issues such as security, scalability and cost efficiency of the implemented digitalization strategy.

What are the biggest risks in cloud-native app deployment?

There are a few recurring issues that can be observed when implementing cloud-native apps:

  1. Cloud-native app deployment often leads to a lot of complexity in managing the tools for the business.
  2. The deployment costs, or cloud operating costs, of cloud-native apps are difficult to predict and can quickly spiral out of control when these apps become successful.
  3. Traditional enterprise security teams going through a digitalization offensive are often ill-equipped to fully understand and control cloud-native technologies. This can lead to disgruntlement between developers and security teams, which can delay and sometimes risk projects.

Marcus Adä. How can NGINX help mitigate these risks?

Well, now we’ve painted rather too bleak a picture of cloud-native app deployment!

In contrast, we at Exclusive Networks see a really bright future ahead for this area – together with our vendor F5 Networks and its NGINX product range. That’s because NGINX Enterprise products help our partners and their customers migrate apps, integrate them into existing customer environments, and automate their day-to-day work with simple means from self-service deployment to turnkey environments.

In a nutshell, using NGINX brings the following benefits:

  • Reduction in the number of tools required by developers and operations.
  • Control of cloud costs by using powerful, simple solutions.
  • Harmony in the DevSecOps team mix through the forced use of automation and self-service capabilities.

The enterprise-class products NGINX Plus with NGINX App Protect and NGINX Controller, together with the NGINX Ingress Controller, offer all the elements for proactively addressing the risks mentioned at the beginning – in the form of an enterprise-ready professional solution that can be easily and fully integrated into the day-to-day operations of DevSecOps teams through extensive automation.


Marcus Adä

Marcus Adä
Managing Director Germany / Regional Director DACH
Exclusive Networks

Michael Berg

Michael Berg
Channel Director, DACH
F5 Networks