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What is Cloud Native?

by Iwan Price-Evans on Cloud-native • May 27, 2022

Cloud-native applications are those built primarily for deployment in cloud and container environments. They use new technologies and architectures to be highly scalable, distributed, and fault-tolerant while handling large amounts of data.

What's The Difference Between Traditional Web Application Development And Cloud Native?

Traditional web application development involves building an application by writing code in one language (like PHP) and deploying it as a monolithic application to a server. Cloud-native applications are written in modern languages (like Go or NodeJS) and deployed as microservices or containers to a cloud platform like Google App Engine or Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud or a container platform like Docker or Kubernetes.

What Are Some Benefits of Using Cloud-Native Applications?

Cloud-native applications are highly scalable, fault-tolerant, and performant, especially in distributed architectures, such as multi-location and multi-cloud deployments. They can handle large amounts of data and requests without crashing or slowing down. In addition, cloud-native applications can scale up and down as needed.

What Does Cloud Native Mean For Developers?

Cloud-native applications are typically more efficient than traditional ones because they use less memory and processing power so that developers can build faster apps with fewer servers. It also makes them easier to scale up and down when needed.

Developing cloud-native applications requires the right skills, tools, culture, and processes. Learn more about how to become cloud-native.

Developers working on cloud-native apps might need to adopt new frameworks and programming languages like Go and NodeJS. These languages make building cloud-native applications easier than traditional approaches. Learn more about the best back-end frameworks for fast performance.

Cloud-native developers will typically need to ensure their applications are highly scalable. Learn by more following these guides:

What Are Some Examples Of Cloud-Native Applications?

There are several examples of cloud-native applications. One of the most popular is Netflix's Open Source project called Envoy. Envoy is an open-source proxy server that helps companies deploy microservices across multiple clouds. Another example is Google's Kubernetes container orchestration system.