What is cloud-native architecture?
Cloud-native architecture is an architecture or system that is specifically designed to run in the cloud. Cloud-native architectures benefit from more flexibility compared to legacy systems that are based on a specific hardware infrastructure and which may later be difficult to migrate to the cloud.
Cloud-native architecture uses the cloud philosophy of distributed systems. It is not built on physical servers at any particular company location as it is deployed in the cloud and often in multi-cloud implementations, so part of the system is on one vendor's servers and another part may be powered on by another's server Provider.
Therefore, cloud-native architectures are forced to use the latest and greatest technologies for distributed systems. For example, container virtualization has been hailed as a miracle of efficiency for virtualized systems. Cloud-native architectures evolve these resources into platforms that can withstand more change and manage fewer or less centralized groups of resources. In a sense, cloud-native architectures that are well designed actually take advantage of the versatility and scalability that the cloud makes possible, while other implementations may not. All of this leads companies to consider using cloud-native solutions for IT upgrades.