The pace of businesses has been significantly changed with cloud-native architecture. Users are now able to have applications, solutions and even software services almost immediately, while businesses can implement the right tools to create, install and deploy new features and services faster than ever.
What Is Cloud-Native Architecture?
Cloud-native architecture is the method of building apps, services and software so they can be used and grow on the cloud. This means users can access what they need at fast, more reliable speeds.
Using Cloud-Native To Enhance Businesses
It’s true, transitioning from previous architecture to cloud-native can be tricky and the migration can take some time, however, the benefits are huge and the effort is highly worth it.
Once your business has made the transition, your software will improve with the ability to always be up to date. The software can be created and applied in-house whilst developing apps using a web-centric language.
Juggling management of resources while also dynamically scaling apps will become easier, simpler and faster.
Downtime is dramatically reduced, if not completely eliminated with the ability to access backed-up versions of data securely and immediately.
Business innovation is increased with the removal of constraints. Developers use customer feedback to create and deliver new features and services. With cloud-native architecture, results and testing are instant so there is no need to ‘wait and see’ if these new ideas and features are working how they should be.
By removing many waiting stages in a development cycle, cloud-native architecture can save vast amounts of time and therefore money!
Brings You Closer To The User
Customers’ wants and needs are invaluable but this can often be misunderstood by a developer. With each process put between a developer and a user, information can be misinterpreted and the true meaning can be lost.
Development teams need to be as close to the user as possible to deliver the best product, cloud-native architecture eliminates actions that are non-customer centric.
With the use of MVPs, users can now be provided with even faster delivery. New applications are rarely expected to be rich in features and completely bug-free at the start but users do expect improvements over time at a rapid pace.
Releases are expected to be frequent and fast and these expectations are now permanent. Now that cloud-native architecture allows developers to implement changes to just a small percentage of customers, prototypes can be tested with current users in real-time with candid feedback, without bugs and issues upsetting all users and causing a wide negative impact.
Cheap & Easy
The cloud only ever requests payment for what your business uses and there are no upfront payments, leading to reduced costs overall. Many providers will even allow you to start for free.
Cloud providers are now functioning at high economies of scale, this allows developers to gain access to cutting-edge tooling at just a tiny fraction of the cost of these within a business’s one data centre.
Once businesses have made a vital investment in the cloud, accessing its incredible tools is just a few simple clicks away. New tools, databases and more can be accessed at a nominal cost with incredibly low risk and minimal effort.
Cloud-native architecture automatically records what is going on and provides businesses with comprehensive information, easy-to-use dashboards and automatic notifications.
This means developers can create serverless functions, all it to run and be automatically notified if something goes wrong. Meaning they can concentrate on other tasks but won’t miss out on anything that needs attention.
Not only does this alert developers of issues but can even detect what the issue is, dramatically reducing problem-solving time.
On-premises leaves businesses at the mercy of a massive attack surface without the right security experts on hand. Open ports and firewalls are often the biggest culprits in this case.
The cloud makes it easier to reduce the attack surface, for example, a serverless function or container will only allow access to someone who has been granted it. Less security knowledge is required to keep everything safe as the cloud provider does everything.
In fact, whatever security standards a business has, this can be easily implemented across the entire infrastructure using the cloud with ease while also being tested and monitored with reports being sent to IT departments.
By making security an easy element of development, one of the largest barriers to effective security within the business.
Overall, moving to the cloud can save time, money and effort, while also increasing security and creating an overall better customer experience (while making it easier for developers to provide this!).
For any new idea, cloud-native architecture can help take this idea in the morning and provide testing and feedback by the afternoon with no quality compromise.