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What Are Cloud-Native Applications? Explained In 200 Words


October 27, 2019


June 29th, 2023

“Cloud-native applications are specifically designed to run on cloud infrastructure, hence the term ‘native’. They are growing in popularity because they deliver benefits, which include high availability and responsiveness, plus also strong resilience and flexibility through autonomous and self-healing capabilities, such as designing for failure.” – Simon Evans


Cloud-native is a methodology to build and execute applications that leverage the full potential of the cloud computing model.

It talks about ‘How’ the applications undergo development and deployment, not ‘Where’.


Cloud-native technologies are used to develop applications built with services packaged in containers, deployed as microservices and managed on elastic infrastructure through agile DevOps processes and continuous delivery workflows.

Kubernetes is an ideal platform for running contemporary workloads designed as cloud-native applications.

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Why is Cloud Native Essential?

  • Enhances speed, scalability, and cost-effectiveness of apps
  • Fastens go-to-market factor
  • Spending only on those components needed at a time
  • Higher flexibility and least downtime
  • Can work on any type of cloud
Key Characteristics
  • Designed with high-quality language
  • Bundled as lightweight containers
  • Consensus with central IT policy structure
  • Seamlessly integrates with DevOps procedures
  • Independent of server and OS functionalities

Good Read: Understanding Cloud-Native Applications


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