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Cloud-native apps and DevOps as a culture

With the advent of DevOps, the team responsible for building a product is also responsible for its deployment, testing, infrastructure, and operation. In addition to this holistic approach, DevOps also aims to instill agile work practices and a culture of continuous improvement.

Cloud computing and DevOps

To cope with the demands of the number of software services and users, the cloud became the mode of choice, making it possible to free up server space and ensuring that rapid and reliable products could be delivered at scale.

DevOps and cloud computing together allow companies to develop and deliver products on a continuous basis, to reduce some of the risks associated with product development and to perform future proof of their code sustainability. In this sense, any company developing cloud-native apps (meaning apps that have been designed and coded from scratch to live on the cloud) should aim to bear DevOps in mind. When it comes to developing this kind of apps, what should we have into account?

3 main architecture pillars for modern cloud-native apps

  • A lightweight software ecosystem that encapsulates an app in a container with its own operating system.
  • An architecture that structures the application as a set of loosely coupled, collaborating services.
  • A cloud-computing execution model that eliminates many infrastructure management tasks.

By using such an architecture it becomes much easier to manage, scale, and monitor the product. How?

  • Easier bugs fixing.

For example, it’s easier for developer teams to manage and maintain code on cloud-native apps designed with this new architecture. Let’s say there’s a bug that needs to be isolated and fixed. With traditional monolithic app architecture this process involves cumbersome code review, and deploying patch would quite likely disrupt the service. However, with a cloud-native solution, it’s possible for developers to isolate the problem much more quickly and fix it with zero downtime for users.

  • Better product service.

This architecture approach also helps to ensure product updates, software releases, and new features are delivered much more easily, promoting a better product service. Companies can dedicate small yet powerful teams to look after the whole lifecycle of specific software elements. Or they can use agile scrum and lean methodology to develop new features quickly and reliably.

Overall, cloud-native apps bring enormous benefits, such as improved resilience, scalability, debugging & maintenance, increased ROI, and reduced total cost of ownership.

DevOps culture first

Embracing a DevOps culture is essential for the success of cloud-native apps and multi-cloud solutions overall, making sure to empower strong developer practices that will assure proper design, coding and deploying.

A cornerstone of DevOps is the culture of continuous learning and sharing best practices that teams aim to instill in their developers. Even the most robust code requires regular maintenance to keep things running smoothly. A strong DevOps culture not only secures your software solution but can even make a permanent change to the sector.

By tapping into DevOps’ focus of continuous learning, companies can foster a climate of education that will improve the skills of their developers and promote employee satisfaction – even better if this is supported by training budgets or side projects for staff to get creative with.

In addition, agile scalable teams also aim to free up time by automating processes and working with lean models. This leaves the technical teams free to focus on important tasks such as architecture and security, whilst still increasing the overall performance of the software.

By embracing DevOps culture, companies can not only expect to produce extremely high-quality cloud-native apps but to grow a team of curious and committed developers that will help shape the future of multi-cloud solutions.

Paula Becchetti

Paula is the editor of intive’s blog. She holds a degree in Audiovisual Communication from Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM) and is a Content Manager specialized in blogs, web content, email marketing and social media. Her extensive experience in the software industry makes her very valuable when it comes to translate technical content into a colloquial language. According to her own words: “I connect with the world through technology, but also through everything that breathes, sport, music and my travels.”

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