Cloud-Native Applications: Why it is the Next Big Thing in Software Development?

Feb 5, 2019 7:19:00 PM


The cloud-native approach to software development has brought a paradigm shift to how applications scale and self-manage themselves, as the demand surge.

What are cloud-native applications (CNA)? Why it is the next big thing in software development industry? How does it help businesses to build a self-sustainable software application? The upcoming segment answers all these queries, introduces you to cloud-native applications, its key attributes, and how your business can benefit with this software development approach.

What are Cloud-Native Applications?

Cloud-native applications natively utilize the infrastructure and services of cloud computing providers, such as Google Cloud Platform or Amazon Web Services. These applications are specially designed to take advantage of cloud-computing frameworks (compute, storage, network), which are composed of numerous loosely-coupled services.

With such development approach, developers have the advantage of breaking down the application into small services (microservices architecture) that runs on different servers and locations. This offers some major advantages to the stakeholders, such as curbing redundancy, better infrastructure management, fault isolation etc.

Key Attributes of a Cloud-Native Application:

  • Cloud-native applications are containerized:

A cloud-native application is a collection of containers and microservices. Containers can scale-in and scale-out as the demand strikes. Since the containers handle the scaling part, the infrastructure utilization is optimized.  

  • Cloud-native applications are polyglot:

Each service in a cloud-native application is developed using a language or framework. Since all the application services are loosely-coupled, the developers have the advantage of using different programming languages, runtime, and frameworks for a variety of services.

  • Cloud-native applications are built using microservices:

In a microservices architecture, an application is a combination of loosely-coupled services. Since these services are independent of each other, continuous deployment of new features and application scaling can be done with ease.

  • There is dependency on server and Operating System:

Since cloud-native applications are containerized, they have no dependency upon underlying operating system or server. You can say that cloud-native applications operate at an abstraction level. However, whenever a microservice needs certain capabilities, such as graphic processing units or solid-state drivers, it can be exclusively offered by a subset of machine.

  • Cloud-native applications are managed through DevOps processes:

For every service in a cloud-native application, there is an independent life cycle. These services are managed through  DevOps. The microservices are continuously integrated and deployed for management of these applications, using cloud services.

Benefits of Cloud-Native Application Development:

  • Since the infrastructure does not run locally, a cloud-native application can be built with redundancy in mind. With entire infrastructure hosted on cloud, applications are able to withstand hardware failure.

  • Cloud-native approach to development relieves the operations team from manually managing the infrastructure resource and rather deploy the applications on an infrastructure that utilizes the underlying compute, storage, and network resources of a cloud service.

  • There is continuous delivery of new features, without affecting the entire application. Since all the services are independent, such an architecture on cloud offers fault isolation, wherein a bug in one service won’t affect another.

Getting Started with Cloud-Native Application Development:

For building cloud-native application, you need to understand which cloud service works best for your application, in terms of efficiency and cost. You can opt for one or more cloud services. However, which service to choose requires a lot of comparison for a number of factors.

For help, you can contact our cloud-experts through 30-minute free consultation program. Our team will analyze your application requirement and suggest the best cloud service to get started with a CNA.

Archna Oberoi

Written by Archna Oberoi

Content strategist by profession and blogger by passion, Archna is avid about updating herself with the freshest dose of technology and sharing them with the readers. Stay tuned here as she brings some trending stories from the tech-territory of mobile and web.