Application Modernization

Modernizing legacy applications: the benefits of the cloud without waste

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Why modernize a legacy application


It allows you not to waste resources

Venturing into a total overhaul of a functioning application or service is risky. The advantages of the Cloud-Native approach can be gradually implemented in your existing application, with limited and targeted steps.

Breathe new life into your legacy application

Thanks to this type of intervention, your application or service can come out of its obsolescence and return to being competitive in the modern market thanks to the scalability and resilience offered by the Cloud-Native approach.

Quickly reduces management and infrastructure costs

Legacy applications often have significant costs associated with managing and maintaining on-premise infrastructures. With the right precautions, a modernization process can quickly reduce these costs.

How to modernize your legacy application?

12factor represents for us the key methodology to deal with the modernization of an application. As the name suggests, it draws up 12 operational principles to successfully complete the realization of a modern application. The topics addressed can be grouped into four areas.


Containers and their orchestration (Docker and Kubernetes) represent perhaps the most important step towards a modern application.


In order to fully exploit the advantages of the new infrastructure, a critical factor is the adoption of DevOps practices and adherence to Agile methodologies.


Microservices are an architectural style that addresses the development of a single application as a suite of modular and independent services.


The use of modular and self-contained services makes it possible to base all communication on light and technologically agnostic APIs.
What strategy to adopt to modernize your application

What strategy to adopt to modernize your application

Modernizing an application means taking the road that leads to the adoption of the cloud-native approach, benefiting from the great advantages it brings with it: scalability, resilience, flexibility. This path does not necessarily have to be an abrupt break with the processes already in place, the right strategy can in fact guarantee an effective and uninterrupted transition.

Not all legacy applications or services need to be completely replaced. Very often a few targeted interventions are enough to restore a product to its competitiveness and to start exploiting the advantages of the Cloud infrastructure.

The approaches to coordinate all these aspects according to the strategy that has been chosen, which is more cautious and progressive, or more decisive, are clearly identifiable. modernize your application.

The approaches



The fastest and least expensive solution in terms of resources is Rehosting. The legacy application will be taken from the previous on-premise or cloud infrastructure and migrated to a new one, without or with very few changes to its code base.

This allows you not to interfere in this phase with the workflow of the application already in place, ensuring continuity but with the disadvantage of not allowing access to the full potential of a complete cloud-native approach (flexibility and scalability above all). Rehosting is the best strategy when you are trying to immediately reduce the costs of an on-premise infrastructure or you just need to increase the resilience of your application or service. In addition, applications can very often be refactored quickly once in the Cloud and therefore Rehosting becomes a fundamental first step for the future development of cloud-native practices.


Refactoring can be considered the first authentic step towards the adoption of the Cloud Native model.

Refactoring is not limited to migrating a legacy application from an on-premise infrastructure to an IaaS, but represents a real own change of perspective that implies the containerization of the application itself and the intervention of an orchestration software such as Kubernetes. Although venturing into a total overhaul of a functioning application or service may seem risky, the cloud-native approach allows you to perform this step in a safe, controlled and gradual manner.


This is the most drastic step towards Cloud Native: PaaS solutions, microservices and containers are adopted, profound changes are made to the code. Breaking down a monolithic legacy application into independent microservices is an advantage from multiple points of view: multiple teams can work in parallel on single features, releases can be fragmented and frequent, future maintenance easier. It is a time of transformation when Agile and DevOps approaches are adopted. It is not only the code that undergoes an important intervention, but also the culture of the organization that must be ready for a change of mentality.


If the application or a large part of it is replaced directly with an equivalent SaaS solution for functions.

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