This shift to cloud native technology has fundamentally changed the way software development is done today, leading to the adoption of DevOps practices and other new strategies of delivering software with the main benefits of an increase in your team’s velocity that satisfy customer demands and allow organizations to be competitive in the marketplace.

Cloud native embodies a set of architectures as well as best practices for developing and delivering applications running on those technologies. Typically, cloud native applications are architected as a set of microservices that run in LInux containers, orchestrated in Kubernetes and managed and deployed using DevOps and GitOps workflows. Most cloud native applications have the following characteristics:

Microservices architectures

Docker containers lend themselves very well to microservices. When microservices are run in separate containers, they can be deployed independently and even in different languages. Because containers are portable and can operate in isolation from one another, it is very easy to create a microservices architecture using containers and also move them from one environment to another or to another public cloud if you need to.

Automatic deployment and orchestration

Microservices are deployed and ‘orchestrated’ in an automated, and scalable architecture called Kubernetes. With Kubernetes, an application’s containers are grouped into logical units for easy management and discovery. An advantage of Kubernetes is its ability to scale with your app without you needing to add more resources to your Ops team.

Modern DevOps and GitOps best practices for configuration management and software delivery

With applications running in containers and orchestrated in Kubernetes, the next step is to automate deployments and cluster management to speed up your team’s productivity. With Kubernetes, the most efficient way to speed up your team is to use tools and workflows that are familiar to them. GitOps is the most effective way to enable your deployment and configuration management pipelines to Kubernetes.

Download the whitepaper: “6 Reasons to Start the Cloud Native Transformation” to learn what the reasons are for starting a digital native transformation:

  1. A history of cloud native
  2. Benefits for enterprises adopting a cloud native stack
  3. Cloud native architecture: What it looks like
  4. Cloud native in practice
  5. CNCF’s role
  6. How cloud native relates to DevOps
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