What are Cloud Native applications?


Cloud Native applications are built without employing a monolithic software codebase and are designed to operate in Cloud compute environments without heavyweight abstraction layers or services. Built in a modular manner and operating independently but on a common host and cloud operating system, Cloud Native applications leverage cloud compute frameworks and infrastructures, which themselves comprise multiple, distinct, lightweight common services. With minimal overheads, Cloud Native applications are flexible and highly efficient.


Cloud Native software applications employ loosely coupled miroservices which are deployed within lightweight Container environments that employ low-overhead orchestration, runtime and networking services. Reducing commercial risks and speeding time-to-market, Cloud Native applications are often built on a foundation of open source software. By virtue of their modular design, Cloud Native applications are written and released using lean DevOps methodologies. They feature continuous release cycles, in that a new features can be independently developed, tested and then released.

Cloud Native applications:

  • Use common server infrastructures that provide on-demand compute capacity
  • Are typically backed by community-driven open source software projects
  • Employ granular, decoupled, microservices software components
  • Are packaged and deployed within lightweight Container environments
  • Take advantage of granular cloud orchestration and low-overhead networking
  • Can be built and released using highly efficient DevOps methodologies


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