Cloud-native adoption is a technology trend that has become mainstream since 2018. According to Gartner’s key trends in PaaS and Platform Architectures in 2019, platform technology is moving from old architecture to Cloud-Native design.
Nowadays, organizations want to design and run their digital operations to sustain competitive advantage, deploy products faster, and control costs. Cloud-native architecture achieve this by offering high availability, performance and scope for design innovation, thereby improving customer experience.
Virtualization improved computing density with its consolidation approach, but applications still packaged into a single artifact that needs to be built, tested, and deployed. The building, testing and deploying them is slow.
Cloud-Native decomposes monolithic functions into loosely coupled components. Thus the systems become easier to be developed, adapted, upgraded and scaled. This significantly reduces operational effort and complexity to deliver the agility, speed, and time to market of digital services.
Legacy applications are based on Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Today's Digital Transformation solutions are based on microservices architecture where each service is independent of the other in terms of business logic, build, deployment, and update process.
These characteristics of microservices make them perfect candidates for container deployments allowing easy abstraction and maintenance.
Container orchestration platforms like Kubernetes, Mesos enable the build and deployment of portable applications and run from anywhere without worrying about the different environments. This improves deployment flexibility and management.
As digital transformation enables organizations to improve their business models, cloud-native computing improves an organization's delivery models to meet the needs of the digital economy.
Cloud-native offers rapid large-scale distributed development and deployment along with cost savings on infra and operations, thus this is a perfect fit for digital platforms and applications.