What is Cloud-native?

Join me as I look at what Cloud Native is and the benefits of using that type of implementation in your environment.

What is Cloud Native?
What is Cloud Native?

There is a lot of terminology within the IT industry, and sometimes it can be daunting trying to keep up.  I want to tackle something we hear quite a lot at the moment, cloud-native.  

It's a term we hear quite often, so let's explore what it means and what some of the benefits are.

What is Cloud-native and how does it work?

"Cloud-native" is a term used to describe a set of principles, practices, and technologies that enable organizations to build and run applications in a way that fully leverages the capabilities of cloud computing environments.

Cloud-native applications are designed from the ground up to be optimized for the cloud, and they take advantage of cloud services to achieve scalability, flexibility, and resilience.

What is Cloud-native architecture?

Cloud-native architecture is designing systems that utilise cloud services to allow a dynamic and agile development technique. It utilises a modular approach to building, running and updating software.

Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF)

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) was founded in 2015.  It is a non-profit Linux Foundation project founded to help advance container technology and help the IT industry.

The CNCF researches technologies or projects as they call them. Projects run through in three stages, sandbox, incubation and production.

Projects include Kubernetes, Prometheus, etcd and Linkered.

Benefits of a cloud-native architecture

There are lots of different benefits to cloud-native architecture, as well as negatives.  But let's focus on those benefits.

  • Scalability: Cloud-native applications can easily scale up or down based on demand. This elasticity allows organizations to efficiently use cloud resources, ensuring that they pay only for what they use. Auto-scaling features can automatically adjust resources to handle spikes in traffic, ensuring optimal performance.
  • Flexibility: Cloud-native architectures enable developers to use a variety of programming languages, frameworks, and services. This flexibility allows teams to choose the tools and technologies that best suit their needs, making it easier to adapt to changing requirements.
  • Faster Time-to-Market: Cloud-native development practices, such as containerization and microservices, enable faster development and deployment cycles. This agility allows organizations to release new features and updates more frequently, responding to market demands and customer feedback more rapidly.
  • Resilience and High Availability: Cloud-native applications are designed with fault tolerance and redundancy in mind. They can take advantage of cloud provider services, such as load balancers, auto-recovery, and multi-region deployments, to ensure high availability and minimize downtime.
  • Improved Resource Management: With cloud-native architectures, organizations can optimize resource allocation and utilization, leading to reduced waste and improved resource management. This ensures that computing resources are used efficiently, which can lead to cost savings.


In conclusion, the concept of "Cloud-native" represents a transformative approach to software development and deployment in the era of cloud computing.

It's not just a buzzword; it's a set of principles and practices that empower organizations to harness the full potential of the cloud. By embracing microservices, containers, orchestration, DevOps, scalability, resilience, and the wealth of cloud services, businesses can achieve unparalleled agility, scalability, and efficiency in their digital endeavours.

As we navigate the ever-evolving landscape of technology, understanding and adopting a Cloud-native mindset is not just an option—it's a strategic imperative for staying competitive and meeting the evolving needs of our digitally-driven world. So, whether you're a seasoned engineer or just getting started, embracing Cloud-native is a journey worth embarking upon to unlock the true power of the cloud.

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