Are you just starting on your digital transformation journey and wondering what cloud native is, and why you need it? We just added a new page to our Kubernetes library, called ‘Going Cloud Native: 6 essential things you need to know’. This article discusses the key takeaways to know about the term cloud native. It also describes how you can take advantage of cloud native capabilities to speed up your development team’s productivity and increase your company’s innovation output.

A brief history of cloud native

Depending on who you ask, cloud native can mean a lot of different things. Ten years ago it was coined by companies like Netflix who leveraged cloud technologies, going from a mail order company to one of the world’s largest consumer on-demand content delivery networks. Netflix pioneered what we’ve come to call cloud native, reinventing, transforming and scaling how we all want to be doing software development.

With the phenomenal success of Netflix and their ability to deliver more features faster to their customers, companies want to know how they implemented cloud native technology to gain such a huge competitive advantage.

At its core, the term cloud native is a way to increase the velocity of your business and a method to structure your teams to take advantage of the automation and scalability that cloud native technologies like Kubernetes and containers offer.

In six easily digestible sections, find out:

  • The benefits for enterprises adopting a cloud native stack
  • What a cloud native architecture stack looks like
  • What happens when you put cloud native strategies into practice
  • The role of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF)
  • How cloud native relates to DevOps