Why Cloud Native: Cloud Agnostic Platforms and Automation Driving Business Value

Originally published on CloudOps’ blog.

As the benefits of the cloud become increasingly evident, more and more organizations are migrating their workloads. Yet taking full advantage of what the cloud has to offer can require altering your application to make it cloud native.

What is Cloud Native: ‘Cloud native’ describes any application that was built to live in the cloud and designed to optimize its potential. It applies to applications that have successfully leveraged the operational model of the cloud with containers and harness business value while remaining cloud agnostic.

Business Value

Auto-provisioning

Auto-scaling

Auto-redundancy

Any application that auto-provisions, auto-scales and is auto-redundant successfully optimizes the operational model of the cloud and is cloud native.

This automation brings significant business value as it eases operations and makes applications more reliable and efficient. It allows infrastructures to increase the speed of deployment, scale according to demand, and be resilient to failure.

Cloud Agnostic: Avoiding the tribal tribulations

Early PaaS services, such as force.com, Google App Engine, Elastic BeanStalk, and Heroku, favoured the developer’s desire to focus on innovation over operations but relied on a difficult-to-forecast-cost model. While the risk of vendor lock-in did initially increase with this cloud-centric approach, it decreased as more providers brought similar services to market and responded to the growing demand for open standards.

As vendor lock-in became increasingly expensive and prescriptive, a computing paradigm focused on containers cropped up as a way to optimize the operational model of the cloud without getting locked into a given provider. The CNCF centered the definition of cloud native around its ecosystem of vendor-neutral, open source projects that encourage cloud agnosticism.

Cloud native requires open source software stacks that package applications into dynamically orchestrated containers that can be deployed on any cloud platform and optimize resource utilization.

Cloud native tools provide a rich set of automated APIs that can be deployed on any cloud platform. Their open standards mean that organizations can adopt PaaS services without locking themselves into a vendor. Cloud native platforms are cloud agnostic and allow applications to take full advantage of the cloud’s auto-provisioning, auto-scaling, and auto-redundant deliverables. They have optimized their cloud consumption and enable software developers to build great products faster.

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