What Is a Cloud Environment?
In the past many software applications were run “on-premise” meaning that Companies host their software applications and services on their own managed hardware and Databases using client-server architecture. This presented additional infrastructure costs such as maintenance and resource needs as well as annual licensing costs.
Over time, many companies have migrated their technology stack from on-premise to a “Cloud Environment”. These can be in the form of public, private or hybrid cloud environments. The more common public cloud environments are Amazon Kenesis, Google cloud or Microsoft Azure but there are many other players that offer this service today.
Software services and are then transitioned over to applications or collection of micro-services that would then exist on the cloud. Cloud native architecture is the process of building optimized software solutions and applications designed to run on the cloud and take advantage of cloud-based benefits. These benefits may include ease of access, a ubiquitous environment, better performance, easier maintenance, and faster delivery to the user base.
Why Transition to a Cloud Environment?
- Reduced Cost: One of the primary reasons is the reduced cost of managed hardware and the infrastructure associated with it. No more stacks of Servers, Data Centers and ongoing maintenance costs as Applications would exist on the cloud
- Quicker Development Cycles: Building applications and microservices allows Development teams to build specific more targeted solutions that can be deployed faster thus shortening its time to market and production systems.
- Scalability: Cloud Environments allow businesses to scale up to keep up with high paced growth by leveraging more cloud space instead of purchasing and configuring new hardware. Applications can also be scaled up with add-on features efficiently due to the tech stack they are built on.
- Reliability: Public cloud providers statistically offer higher levels of up-time and redundancy as this is their “bread and butter” service. The risk of downtime due to older and outdated on-premise hardware goes away.
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