Adding a new dimension to the ever-changing IT landscape, cloud native is emerging as the de-facto standard for developing and deploying complex, scalable systems. It is a lot more than just running your software in private/public cloud.
So, what is Cloud Native?
First up, Priyanka Sharma, general manager at Cloud Native Computing Foundation says
“Cloud-native technology is when engineers and software people utilize cloud computing to build tech that’s faster and more resilient, and they do that to meet customer demand really quickly.” —Priyanka Sharma, Cloud Native Computing Foundation.
To us, cloud-native is all about leveraging the numerous benefits provided by the cloud computing delivery model such as elastic scaling, rapid iteration, repeatable automation and orchestration, immutable deployments. Use every tool to focus on what matters the most- building software that our customers love to use!
Understanding the Cloud Native Architecture
In contrast to traditional monolithic applications, the cloud native model utilizes microservice architecture.
Applications are built using independent and loosely coupled microservices.
The microservices are then run in highly portable containers.
Tools like Kubernetes or Docker Swarm are used to manage or orchestrate the containers so that they make sense as an application
Using agile DevOps processes and continuous delivery workflows, the applications are managed on elastic infrastructure
Why Is Cloud-Native Architecture Important?
With cloud-native, you are no longer constrained by infrastructure. Servers, databases, and operating systems the entire infrastructure can be scaled up and down in a matter of seconds by running quick scripts. This enables you to focus on products, customer experience and create business value.
Use of microservices in application architecture allows developers to make changes or add new functionality without affecting the entire application and its availability.
Based on demands, resources can be automatically scheduled and allocated using a container orchestrator.
Container orchestration platform like Kubernetes enables easy identification of containers with a bug without disrupting the function of the entire app.
Use of microservices strengthens continuous integration and continuous delivery.