Getting Started with Cloud Native: An Introduction to the Basics

24 Jan, 2023
3 mins. read
Sarah Kaleem Ahmed

Cloud Native is a term that has gained popularity in recent years as more and more organizations have embraced the use of cloud computing technologies to build and run their applications and services. But what exactly is Cloud Native, and how can it benefit your organization?

In this blog post, we will provide an introduction to the basics of Cloud Native and explore the benefits of adopting a Cloud Native approach to software development.

What is Cloud Native?

So, what is Cloud Native? At its core, Cloud Native refers to the use of cloud, containers and DevOps technologies to architect, build, test and run applications and services towards achieving exponential agility, scalability. reliability, security and resilience.  These technologies include containers, microservices, CI/CD and serverless functions that essentially segment the business and technology functions towards improved isolated management and orchestration.

Real World Examples of Cloud Native

Here are a few real-life examples of cloud native applications:

Netflix: Netflix uses a cloud native architecture to deliver movies and TV shows to millions of users around the world. Its cloud native infrastructure allows the company to scale its services up and down based on demand, and to roll out new features and updates quickly and efficiently.

Airbnb: Airbnb uses a cloud native architecture to power its online marketplace for short-term rentals. The company's cloud native infrastructure allows it to handle the large volume of bookings and user traffic that it receives, and to deploy new features and updates quickly and efficiently.

X: X (formerly Twitter) uses a cloud native architecture to power its social media platform, which is used by millions of people around the world. Its cloud native infrastructure allows the company to scale its services up and down based on demand, and to roll out new features and updates quickly and efficiently.

Spotify: Spotify uses a cloud native architecture to deliver music to millions of users around the world. Its cloud native infrastructure allows the company to scale its services up and down based on demand, and to roll out new features and updates quickly and efficiently.

Uber: Uber uses a cloud native architecture to power its ride-hailing platform, which connects drivers and riders in cities around the world. Its cloud native infrastructure allows the company to scale its services up and down based on demand, and to roll out new features and updates quickly and efficiently.

Benefits of Cloud Native

Cloud Native architectures and practices enable organizations to deploy, and manage applications in both private and public cloud, helping them to be more agile and responsive to changing business needs. 

A good cloud native solution must be able to do the following:

  1. Help organizations to be more agile and collaborative to relentless and dynamic business requirements. By adopting Cloud Native technologies for design and development, automation and DevOps practices for build test and deployment, the technology ecosystems can drive high quality products and faster time to market features.
  2.  Reduce costs and improve efficiency through constant monitoring and optimization of policies and resources practices enable organizations to auto scale their applications and services on demand, eliminating the need for costly overprovisioning or underutilized resources. They also enable organizations to automate many of their complex day2 processes, reducing the time and effort required to manage their applications and infrastructure and as a result improving the efficiencies.
  3. Help organizations to improve the security and reliability of their systems. By using containers and microservices, organizations can isolate their applications and services from one another, reducing the risk of a single point failures or security breaches impacting the entire system. They can also use serverless functions to offload certain tasks and processes, improving the scalability and reliability of their systems.

Conclusion

In summary, Cloud Native is a powerful set of technologies and practices that can help organizations to be more agile, efficient, and secure. 

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