cloud-native-application

In our previous blog – ‘Cloud trends to track for 2022’, we discussed 5 trends that will shape cloud adoption in 2022. In subsequent blogs, we will go into details of each blog and how it impacts cloud adoption. First on our list is the wider use of cloud-native services in the public cloud. 

Absolute Cloud migration does provide extensibility and elasticity to your infrastructure but still requires similar operational processes and expenses that continue to restrict your application and Site reliability engineering (SRE) team’s time to innovate faster and deliver better business value.

As a result, organizations are now opting to build cloud-native applications. Unlike legacy applications that migrated to the cloud after it rose to prominence, cloud-native applications are built for the cloud. Cloud-native primarily lets cloud service providers (CSP), maintain the infrastructure and provides the flexibility to consume via an API.

But that can’t be the sole reason to break from a process that worked well and was quite popular until now? So, why have businesses moved from the traditional method of cloud migration to building applications directly in the cloud? In this article, let us shine some light on this topic. 

Why the surge in the use of cloud-native computing?

Cloud-native is the future of application development, with massive potential for business impact. It offers the ability to move an idea into production quickly and efficiently. But that’s not all, here are some conclusive reasons for the rise of cloud-native services across industries.

1) Quick Deployment

Customer needs are changing rapidly in this era of technology. To keep up, organizations need to innovate quickly and frequently. However, deploying new features often can be cumbersome, even for large enterprises with large teams. Cloud-native makes it easier to deploy new features and applications rapidly. This helps developers deploy features within days, instead of weeks or months. 

2) Scalability

One of the disadvantages of legacy systems is that they depend on switches, plugs, and other hardware and tangible components. As a result, organizations have to purchase more expensive processors or servers for storage if they decide to scale. If the organization decides to use just compute and storage in the cloud, then the same maintenance challenges move to the cloud. Cloud-native computing, on the other hand, allows for auto scalability where the underlying infrastructure is scaled up or down based on the workload requirements. Moreover, it allows for auto-creation of backups, scheduled upgrades, and offers a choice between a wide variety of computing and storage options powered by virtualized software. This means that everything happens on the cloud, and organizations can simply re-allocate the resources, scale up and down, and even stop and start services through the virtualized software. 

3) Agility

Cloud-native computing is modular and reusable, enabling organizations to release new applications and features frequently. This makes it a boon for organizations that practice DevOps and Agile methodologies. As these organizations also have to follow the continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) process to launch new features, cloud-native becomes a must-have as it streamlines the deployment process and makes it more efficient.

4) Flexibility

The current pandemic has shown us that unprecedented calamities can throw a wrench in the workings of any organization worldwide. In situations like these, the survival of an organization depends on its ability to shift tracks quickly. Legacy systems or proprietary software act as a hindrance in such cases, due to their limitations, such as long development cycles. 

Cloud-native applications can run on any server, have a flexible delivery platform, and have a different architecture and deployment style as compared to monolithic applications. This open, flexible ecosystem of cloud-native computing makes redeployment easy and enables business continuity despite unprecedented challenges.

Conclusion

Because of all the reasons stated above, cloud-native adoption will significantly grow in the future. IDC, the premier global market intelligence firm, predicts that 80% of application development will occur on cloud platforms by the end of 2022. Accenture calls cloud-native computing “the latest wave of digital disruption”. And, according to IBM, 53% of all applications are already cloud-native. Investing in cloud-native computing, thus, is a well-advised move.

SixthUp helps organizations design, build and manage cloud-native applications in public, private, or hybrid cloud environments. If you would like to learn more about how cloud-native can help your business on its cloud journey, speak to our cloud experts today.