Advantages of deploying in a cloud-native environment
Overview of Cloud-Native Development
Cloud-native model of development involves using cloud computing services for application development. The cloud-native model follows a DevOps approach to application development using microservice architectures and a serverless model. Cloud-native development is based on a Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) model which is an agile model that emphasizes better collaboration.
Cloud-native applications are executed in cloud platforms like public, private, hybrid, multi, and distributed clouds rather than on single instances and on-premise systems. In the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) survey 2020, about 82 percent of the respondents use CI/CD pipelines for production and about 30 percent used serverless technologies for production.
Advantages of Deploying in a Cloud Native Environment
1) Cloud-Native Accelerates the Release
In today’s rapidly changing world the key distinguishing factor between different organizations is how fast they can formulate, create, and ship value products to their customers. As cloud-native models make extensive use of the latest cloud solutions, the speed with which the applications are released is much faster. Also, the cloud-native model of application development supports DevOps practices and thus enables better collaboration and automation thus further speeding up the release of the applications.
2) Cloud-Native Facilitates Containerization
Containers enable reliable and secure management of applications independent of the infrastructure on which it is based. These containers can be managed using tools like Kubernetes. Kubernetes and cloud-native tools enable the standardization of tooling and infrastructures. You can use serverless models to execute these applications and other dynamic workloads.
3) Eliminates Vendor Lock-In
The emergence of open-source tools and other disruptive technologies have made hybrid cloud and multi-cloud-based cloud computing more common. Most of the High-Performance Computing (HPC) applications that previously relied on data centers are now based on the cloud. Nowadays edge computing is becoming more common in which the applications are executed in a location closer to the end-user. As users can run their applications on multiple environments, the end result is that vendor lock-in has become a thing of the past.
4)Cloud-Native Enables Auto Provisioning
Cloud-native architecture facilitates the way to automatic provisioning of resources. This enables your computing, storage, and network resources to be scaled automatically depending on your requirements. This can ensure the smoother and uninterrupted execution of your critical business applications.
5) Focus on the Business Requirements
Cloud-native enables the teams to focus on the essential business requirements without having to bother about the underlying infrastructure details. This can enable the teams to drive their energy and time on their day-to-day operations and thus enhance business efficiency.
6) Serverless Execution
Serverless is a cloud-native development model with better efficiency and productivity. The cloud-native approach enables developers to build and run their applications without having to worry about the complexities of managing the servers. In the serverless development paradigm, the functions are stateless. Serverless applications can respond to demand fluctuations and can scale up and down automatically.
7) You Can Test Cloud-Native Applications on Any Infrastructure
Cloud-native applications are created using a microservice architecture in which your software application is built from smaller pieces. These pieces can be containerized to test on any infrastructure.
8) Cloud-Native Uses Blue Green Deployment Model for Better Application Updates
Cloud-native follows a blue-green deployment model, which is an application release model in which the user traffic is transferred from a preceding version of an application to its latest release. Traditional applications consume a significant amount of your uptime when subjected to updates.
9) Cost-Effective Model
A cloud-native solution is explicitly created for the cloud. So there won’t be any issues as far as its compatibility is concerned. There won’t be any requirements for extra dependencies to facilitate better configuration. Also, you don’t need any other solution management mechanisms. The development process becomes easier and faster and you can channel your money for better productive purposes.
10) Better Customer Experience
Cloud-native solutions provide better seamless services that enhance the overall customer experience. According to a 2020 Customer Experience Transformation survey, about 80 percent of the respondents said that they are thinking about moving at least 50 percent of their customer experience IT estate to the cloud by the next three years. Thus cloud-native applications provide faster and quicker response times with minimum downtime thus providing customers with a better experience and satisfaction.
There are several merits of using a cloud-native approach to development like faster time to market, cost-effective solutions, better and faster updating, etc. Thus the cloud-native model of development opens up new doors for businesses and organizations that enable them to cope better with the ensuing challenges with regard to application development and customer expectations.
Activelobby is a provider of Digital Transformation and cloud-based solutions. Our cloud-native model of application development lets you use the applications independent of the platform. We use tools like Kubernetes for the management of containerized applications. We support most of the public cloud platforms and private cloud platforms.