By utilizing a combination of cloud computing and various cloud services to create a customizable modular infrastructure with greater scalability, cloud native architecture improves IT operations teams’ efficiency, productivity, and collaborative efforts
In contrast to a monolithic application infrastructure, cloud native architecture is a design methodology that makes use of cloud services like EC2, S3, Lambda from AWS, and others to enable dynamic and agile application development techniques that take a modular approach to building, running, and updating software through a suite of cloud-based microservices.
By making it simpler to transfer services between cloud providers or to independently deploy services in various languages or frameworks without conflict or downtime, microservices and containerization support cloud native applications’ agility and dynamism.
As DevOps teams are able to independently work on various application components at the same time or implement new features without sacrificing stability, incorporating a microservices architecture into application development promotes collaboration, efficiency, and productivity.
Benefits of cloud native architecture
Organizations that place a priority on a DevOps philosophy will find that cloud native architecture is appealing due to its flexibility, resilience, and scalability. Numerous advantages are provided by a cloud-native strategy, including the following:
Instead of using an enterprise tech stack, development teams can choose the framework, language, or system that best meets an organization’s or project’s specific goals by using loosely coupled services.
Containerized microservices’ portability ensures that an organization is not overly dependent on a single cloud provider.
An open source container orchestration platform like Kubernetes makes it simpler to identify the container with a bug without disassembling the application as a whole, reducing the complexity of troubleshooting.
Developers can enhance the user experience by optimizing each microservice based on its core functionality because microservices operate independently.
Continuous integration and continuous delivery are made easier through the use of microservices in software development, which reduces the development lifecycle and the likelihood of human error with automated processes.
To improve productivity, a container orchestrator can schedule and allocate resources based on demand automatically.
Developers can make changes to a single microservice or add new functionality without affecting the application as a whole or its availability when using microservices for application architecture.
Challenges of cloud native architecture
Despite its numerous advantages, the use of cloud infrastructure and microservices may not be suitable for every organization. When choosing a strategy for your team, take into account the following obstacles:
Teams may have trouble managing the microservices’ distributed workflow and responsibilities without an established DevOps pipeline.
If not properly monitored, the rapid scaling of containers may result in security risks.
Complex interdependencies or functionality issues may arise when migrating from a legacy application to a microservices architecture.
Some microservices are dependent on a particular kind of operating system or machine instance because they require capabilities that are only available on certain machines, like a compute, GPU, or SSD.
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