Lay the building blocks
Now that we've established why you should go cloud-native, let's look at the three building blocks of a cloud-native strategy.
1. Microservices: As the name suggests, microservices are an architectural approach by which you develop an application as a collection of small services. Each microservice features its own business capabilities and processes. Because they're managed independently, you can make changes, experiment, and innovate without impacting the entire application or end-user experience.
2. Containers: Whereas microservices are independent components, containers are how you wrap up the entire package to run on the cloud. When packaged, you can distribute applications across your business and run them anywhere – regardless of the underlying infrastructure. Containers are what make applications scalable.
3. DevOps: Following an agile methodology, DevOps is a process for application development that focuses on continuous collaboration between diverse teams, including software development and IT. These teams go through rapid cycles of build, test, and release before reviewing end-user feedback to fine-tune and repeat. DevOps will help you deliver cloud-native applications more frequently – and faster – to set a new pace of innovation in your industry.
Microservices, containers, and DevOps practices underpin a cloud-native strategy that will give your business agility, with minimal risk and cost. However, this rapid way of working could be a big cultural change for your business. If so, you'll need to address this early on.