Roughly speaking, Cloud Native describes the use of the cloud to solve business challenges. However,it’s not just about putting systems, applications and workloads in the cloud: the goal is to stimulate a change in thinking and processes. Instead of understanding the cloud as a kind of data center, it is necessary to see it as a business differentiator.
What is a cloud-native application in practice?
To understand the native cloud strategy, it is worthwhile to first apply a mindset to the development process. Rather than simply hosting an application in the cloud, the goal is to use the cloud to transform the business.
So it’s about adopting technologies and methods that help accelerate deployment, increase performance, maximize customer satisfaction and, last but not least, improve cost efficiency. In short, the introduction of cloud native means leaving the old way behind.
Native cloud applications are therefore approaches to creating and updating resources in order to improve quality and reduce risks in day-to-day operations. It’s a way to build and run responsive, scalable, and resilient services in any environment – private, public, or hybrid cloud.
What are the main advantages of the native cloud architecture?
While the cloud is an intangible mechanism in many ways, the benefits of developing cloud-native applications are very tangible. The following stand out among them:
- accelerated releases, which provide an interesting competitive advantage by accelerating daily delivery (rather than the usual monthly);
- elasticitythat enables intelligent scaling and balances infrastructure resources as needed;
- the efficiency of the process, which makes it easier to update previously manual and ineffective processes, which benefits employees and customers
- the speed of innovation, once the server constraints are minimized, the expansion to new technologies is also much easier.
This makes it easy to understand the importance of including cloud-native effort in the cloud journey roadmap. Not only with regard to budget control, but above all to maintain competitiveness in the short, medium and long term. Despite the abstract concept, the cloud is more real than ever.
On the other hand, the cloud-native strategy poses a number of challenges. In addition to the cultural shift required to support the new way of managing the intersection of technology and business, you will need to deal with legacy resources and of course, fill skill gaps. The best way to be successful in this endeavor is to rely on complementary expertise.
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