01 Mar What is cloud-native architecture?
Ask ten of your colleagues what “cloud-native architecture” means, and you’ll get ten different answers. Some will be wide off the mark. Some will get close. This is the nature of the cloud. It means different things to different people.
When it comes to cloud-native architecture, we like to keep things simple and this article we’ll uncover what it is and why it matters.
What is it?
Cloud-native architecture is a methodology for building and delivering apps using cloud services. “Cloud-native” refers to how an app is built and delivered. “Architecture” refers to what the app exists on. In this case, cloud architecture.
Put another way, cloud-native technologies (services and microservices) enable businesses to design and build applications, systems and software in a cloud environment.
This is a transformative change from the traditional ways of working. It does away with many layers of physical and virtual infrastructure, including servers and operating systems, allowing these to be defined in code.
Cloud-native architecture uses containers, small software packages (microservices) that perform tasks.
These containers replace the concept of infrastructure (servers, operating systems, databases) as code. Rather than build physical and virtual infrastructure, you write code and deploy scripts. It’s an easier way of doing things.
In all its technical glory, Code is the most important concept of cloud-based architecture, and it defines the key advantage of it.
With cloud-based architecture, you use scripts created in code to get stuff done. This means you have no infrastructure to worry about – only code and your app. When event X happens, do Y (in code). When you need to do X, do Y (in code).
Why it matters
Cloud-native architecture takes full advantage of the scalable, flexible and deployable nature of the cloud. It increases agility, reduces time to deployment, automates processes, speeds up design processes and scales with you affordably.
Without cloud-native architecture, the world would keep spinning and DevOps teams would still design, build and deploy apps successfully. But they would do so in a less agile way with greater complexity and a far greater cost.
Cloud-native architecture provides an agile and scalable environment in which to design, deploy and manage apps. It delivers all the infrastructure you need through cloud services so you can focus on your code and apps.
For example, if a user submitted a feature request in the old world, you would have to consider networking and infrastructure requirements before even thinking about how to implement the feature. In a cloud-native environment, you don’t have to waste time. You can get straight on to delivering the feature.
Find out more
Start your cloud-native success story today, call us on 0208 012 8489 or email us at [email protected] #evolvewithus