LEGACY APP MODERNIZATION
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GREEN APP DEVELOPMENT, AND LEGACY APP MODERNIZATION
Avoid disruptions, ensure business continuity, and save $millions$ in operational expenses
The landscape of digital transformation is vast, varied, and constantly evolving. The explosion in the number of devices coupled with the overarching effects of industry 4.0 is accelerating the pace of change. By 2025, the amount of data created by devices at the edge will be 3x today. While exhilarating, the degree of change using current constructs is not sustainable.
Today 90% of all data generated on devices travels from the point of creation from machines at the edge to the cloud. This is simply because the Apps’ business logic sits in the cloud. A new paradigm to app migration, a core component of digital transformation, must be introduced to hedge the heavy burden that the information and communication industry (ICT) is carrying today, which has a drastic impact on global carbon emission.
How do your data travel through the web?
Today data has to travel through t continuum of layers of network architecture from devices at the edge, to the cloud where the business logic sits. Data generated at the source does not simply land in a data center or the cloud.
The result is the exposure of sensitive information to threats and the release of a new set of challenges that vary by the industry yet have the below themes in common:
Security : Data in motion is 4X more vulnerable to attack vs. data at rest, and this threat is only becoming more severe as more data is produced.
Privacy : When you send all of the data to the cloud, there is no real privacy.
Latency: Most mission-critical applications can tolerate a maximum of less than 8ms of latency. WW.
Bandwidth congestion: The tsunami of data traveling back and forth to the cloud causes bandwidth congestion.
Cost: Opex and Capex is increasing across the board. The industry is paying for the buildout of new data centers and telecom equipment vs. leveraging the compute capabilities of the devices at the edge that are already paid for.
Evolution of Apps
In the old days, Apps were developed monolithically, requiring a resource-intensive mechanism to run them as the whole App would operate simultaneously. Devices also were significantly less powerful, so they could mainly carry a thin client as the App user interface. Devices today are orders of magnitude more powerful than before. At the same time, Apps are being written using microservices in containers; hence they are much lighter, and only the specific microservice(s) need to run at any given time (not the whole App). As a result, it is not only possible to run the Apps features on the edge using microservices, but it is also imperative to do that for significant benefits across the board.
mimik is the only platform globally that enables developers to run most features on the devices themselves at the edge where data is generated. This ensures a balanced interplay between what runs on the cloud and what runs on the devices at the edge optimally.
This approach not only future proofs your App but also brings a whole host of benefits to the picture that are truly exemplary. These are benefits that our customers and partners are experiencing today.
Modernizing Legacy Apps while preserving them
The precious legacy production Apps have been field-proven, refined, and improved by years of gradual changes and comprise a client application (a.k.a. frontend) and a monolithic backend. Redeveloping functionality is painstakingly difficult, as the app owners and builders who originally designed the legacy systems are likely long gone and only have some tribal knowledge around. However, from the business point of view, Apps need to modernize as the first step towards a meaningful digital transformation.
Current “cookbooks” in the industry, no matter which hyper-scaler they come from, require you to Refactor, Rearchitect, Rebuild and Replace, all of which at minimum throws away 90% of the legacy monolith App, introducing massive business risks. Hence the dilemma of how to modernize the Apps without disruption in operation.
At mimik, using our patented edgeEngine platform, you can preserve your legacy App while modernizing it by adding new differentiating and sophisticated features via microservices upfront. With this approach, you not only still get the benefits articulated above, but you also reduce the risk of disruption to your business operation while saving cost and schedule since there is no rebuild of the legacy monolith is required.
Use Case: Banking
The banking industry was one of the first to adopt computer technology. As a result, banks typically have hundreds of old monolith Apps and face the highest degree of challenges associated with digital transformation. Banks’ legacy production Apps have been designed with stringent regulations constraints, are field-proven, refined, and improved by years of gradual changes. These regulation constraints make any backend modernization or transition to the cloud extremely difficult and costly. With mimik, banks can avoid operational disruptions, significantly reduce risk, and add best-in-class modern features while saving $million$ by preserving their monolith Apps. They can also combine multiple monoliths if needed on the front end. Finally, overtime move, monolith features into µservices one at a time to the front or back end without disruptions.