What are the Benefits of Cloud Native-Applications?

The BTC Team

In terms of defining “cloud-native technologies,” the Cloud Native Computing Foundation says that these technologies empower organizations to build and run scalable applications in modern, dynamic environments such as public, private, and hybrid clouds.”

As a result, these techniques enable loosely coupled systems that are resilient, manageable, and observable, according to the foundation. Combined with robust automation, they allow engineers to make high-impact changes frequently and predictably with minimal resources.

But what exactly does this mean? And how can these types of technologies and applications benefit your company? Keep reading below to find out!

Cloud-native applications defined

Now that we have defined the basic concept of what cloud-native technologies are, what are cloud-native applications, and how does the general idea of could-native technologies come into play?

Traditionally apps usually have a large code footprint, are complex, and require a lot of time and resources for updates. Architecture for these traditional applications typically has close dependencies between the app and underlying OS, hardware, storage, and support services. This also makes migrating and scaling the application across new infrastructures complex and risky.

Cloud-native apps, on the other hand, are architected as collections of independent, loosely coupled services. They’re smaller than traditional apps and typically easier to develop, deploy, and iterate on. They’re built in a way that enables them to take better advantage of cloud computing models to increase speed, flexibility, and quality while reducing deployment risks. You can read our blog on HIPAA compliant cloud storage to understand seven best cloud storage services.

Because of how they’re developed, cloud-native apps are better than traditionally designed apps in delivering business value. For example, they might have the ability to incorporate user feedback for continuous improvement rapidly. Or they can enable an organization to build a great customer experience and foster customer loyalty by delivering new features faster by iterating continuously.

How are cloud-native apps built?

Cloud-native applications rely on microservices architecture. This architectural approach to software development focuses on the creation of discrete, single-function services. These single-function services, also known as microservices, can be deployed, upgraded, improved, and automated independent of any other microservice. This independence enables frequent, iterative updates that do not disrupt the application experience of end-users.

Developers often run microservices inside containers, which packages software and all its dependencies so that an application can run in any environment. Containers are typically lightweight, fast to deploy and amplify the benefits inherent in microservices.

What are the advantages of using cloud-native Apps?

The advantages of using cloud-native apps include:

Compared to traditional monolithic apps, cloud-native applications can be easier to manage as iterative improvements occur using Agile and DevOps processes.

Comprising individual microservices, cloud-native applications can be improved incrementally and automatically to add new and improved application features.

Improvements can be made non-intrusively, usually causing no downtime or disruption of the end-user experience.

Scaling up or down proves easier due to the adaptable infrastructure that underpins cloud-native apps.

The cloud-native development process more closely matches the speed and innovation demanded by today’s business environment.

So, how can BTC play a role in this process?

With demonstrable experience working with cloud-native applications, Boston Technology Corporation can help your company build, maintain, and operate your app so that it performs optimally to help reach your company’s app goals. To see how BTC can help you achieve this, click here to learn more.


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