Building For the Cloud-Native Future

The cloud has revolutionized the way we develop and deploy applications. Cloud-native development, a methodology that emphasizes building and running applications in the cloud using microservices and containers on platforms like Kubernetes, has emerged as a powerful approach to leverage the scalability, reliability and cost-effectiveness of cloud computing. By embracing cloud-native principles and using cutting-edge tools and technologies, businesses can unlock new opportunities for innovation and growth. 

Let’s delve into the world of cloud-native development, exploring the latest trends and benefits that can help your development team stay on top of their cloud strategy. 

What is Cloud-Native Development?

In case your head’s in the clouds (pun intended), let’s get grounded. Cloud-native development has revolutionized the way applications are built and run, redefining the software development landscape. This transformative approach harnesses the vast capabilities of cloud computing, empowering businesses to create applications that are scalable, reliable and resilient. By leveraging cloud-native tools and technologies, organizations can unlock new possibilities and drive innovation in the digital age.

Cloud-native development embraces the adoption of containers, microservices and APIs, fostering the creation of modular and maintainable applications. This architectural approach simplifies the process of updating and deploying new features, accelerating the pace of innovation. Moreover, the ability to independently scale individual components of an application enhances agility and enables tailored optimizations, ensuring that each component operates at peak efficiency.

In essence, cloud-native development represents a paradigm shift in application development. By embracing this approach, organizations can harness the potential of the cloud, driving innovation, accelerating growth and securing a competitive edge.

Benefits of Building For the Cloud (Now and Forever)

Building for the cloud offers a plethora of benefits that can revolutionize the way businesses operate. With cloud-native applications, we’ll see more scalability, ROI, ease of use and a better developer experience. And, even better, we will see a lot less of the things we don’t want, like tedious maintenance, friction, high costs and security breaches.

More Scalability 

One significant advantage is the enhanced scalability the cloud provides. Well-designed, cloud-based applications can seamlessly adapt to fluctuating demands, enabling businesses to scale up or down their resources as needed. This flexibility eliminates the need for costly over-provisioning of infrastructure, with the added benefit of significant cost savings.

Less Maintenance

Building for the cloud dramatically reduces the burden of maintaining hardware and software over time. Third-party cloud providers take care of the majority of these aspects, allowing businesses to focus more of their resources on core competencies. This minimizes operational costs and ensures that applications are always updated with the latest security patches and advancements.

More Security

Perhaps counterintuitively, security is another area where cloud computing can shine. Reputable cloud providers must implement robust security measures and adhere to industry and government standards, ensuring the protection of sensitive data. Additionally, cloud-based applications can be more easily backed up and restored, minimizing the risk of data loss.

Less Developer Friction

Ultimately, building for the cloud fosters collaboration and productivity. Cloud-based applications can be accessed from anywhere, anytime, on any device with an internet connection. For developers in particular, this centralization and accessibility helps eliminate toil and friction points. Teams are empowered to work together efficiently, regardless of their physical location. Real-time data synchronization and centralized storage further enhance collaboration and ensure everyone can access the most up-to-date information.

What’s Next for the Cloud World? 

The future of cloud computing is a bright one, and in this case, the sky’s the limit in terms of where cloud technologies may take us. However, a few specific trends we expect to see in the coming years are as follows:

  • Hybrid and multi-cloud environments will become the norm: By 2025, 90% of enterprises will have adopted a hybrid cloud strategy (IDC). This will allow businesses to take advantage of the best features of multiple cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and the Google Cloud Platform.
  • Serverless computing all the way: By 2025, the serverless computing market is expected to grow to $21.1 billion (Markets and Markets). Serverless computing allows businesses to focus on building applications without worrying about the underlying infrastructure. This can save businesses time and money, and it can also make it easier to scale applications.
  • AI and Machine Learning will continue to play a bigger role in cloud computing: Artificial intelligence and machine learning can automate tasks, gain insights from data and improve decision-making. Just as it proliferates in every aspect of the tech sector, we expect it to play a similar role in cloud-native technologies, especially as it relates to AI tools assisting with code generation.  
  • The edge will become increasingly important: Growing in popularity, edge computing allows businesses to process data closer to the source, reducing latency and improving performance. This can be critical for applications that require real-time data processing, such as self-driving cars and industrial automation.
  • Security will remain a top priority: Now more than ever, there is a need for businesses to protect their data and applications from increasing cybersecurity threats, especially with more and more API technology and microservices technology becoming available. Cloud computing can help businesses improve security by providing features such as encryption, access control, and monitoring. Tools such as API gateways can also make a difference in fortifying and securing technology. 

By understanding the future of cloud computing, businesses can make informed decisions about how to use cloud computing to achieve their business goals. What does your cloud strategy look like this year? 

Jake Beck

Jake Beck is a Product Manager at Ambassador Labs. As an engineer turned Product Manager, at work he enjoys working to align engineering work to help advance business goals as well as bridging the technical capabilities of the product to the business. Prior to Ambassador Labs, he was a software engineer at Target and Optum. Outside of work, he loves to exercise, whether it's lifting weights or going on hikes with his 2 dogs in Minnesota.

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