As cloud adoption continues to grow and becomes part of an enterprise landscape there are terms that continue to prop up. A term that is constantly being used and referenced is “Cloud Native” So what is “Cloud Native” mean and what are the benefits of adopting a cloud native approach? At its core, “Cloud Native” is more than just a term; it represents a paradigm shift in how we approach and build applications. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the heart of “Cloud Native” applications, exploring their definition and the inherent advantages they bring to the table.
First off, what is the definition of “Cloud Native Applications”? Here is a quick definition. Cloud Native applications are applications that are built for the cloud that takes advantages of discrete, reusable components called microservices that are designed to work on any cloud. Microservices work together as a whole to comprise the application however each micro service can run independently that provides automation and agility.
So What Are The Advantages?
- Manageable. Cloud native applications can be easier to manage as interactive improvements arise during an application lifecycle.
- Flexibility. Because cloud native applications are made up of microservices , improvements of an application can be made incrementally and automatically to improve agility.
- Elasticity. The ability to scale the application up or down based workload is extremely desirable.
- Responsiveness. The demands from the business to the IT/ development teams are unprecedented. In other words, they can’t keep up. Cloud native application development is all about agility and speed.
Companies That Are Leading The Charge Around Cloud Native Applications.
While there are several firms out there that are contributing to the ‘cloud native movement” , here are a few that I feel are leading the charge.
- Red Hat. As an open source leader, Red Hat is always on the cutting edge as it relates to innovation and problem solving. Red Hat’s OpenShift container platform Red Hat OpenShift is an enterprise-ready application platform with deployment and infrastructure options that support every application and environment for a cloud native strategy.
- IBM: IBM has become a driving force aside the cloud native movement. IBM has a dedicated Cloud Native site for companies to take advantage of expertise and guidance from IBM esteemed engineers.
- Cockroach Labs (CL). With its first of a kind “cloud native database, CockroachDB, CL is not only disrupting the cloud native market but also the database market. Started by three ex Google engineers, CL is leading the with the industries only pure “Cloud Native Database.”
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