Cloud computing has changed the rules.
It’s not often that the word “powerful” is associated with application development. Cloud computing has changed that, and native cloud techniques are all about taking advantage of the power of development without limitations by architecture. This is the ground from which the term “serverless” has sprung.
Many of these techniques have been around in one form or another for years. The implementation of them in the form of cloud computing services is extremely useful. To be cloud native, many of the techniques had to be revisited to support the infinite variety of application use cases and with best practices in mind.
Some will feel familiar, while others are bleeding edge. Here are just six powerful techniques to consider when evolving your applications.
Managed Database Services: High-quality, high-performing managed cloud databases are available in the cloud. If you have performance problems with an application, reporting or data warehouse database, this is a great place to start.
Container-Based Applications: Rebuilding your application architecture to work with a container-based architecture is guaranteed to yield benefits. Containers have a specific set of requirements, but if you can meet those requirements, you gain serious benefits.
Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD): This best practice applies to both cloud and traditional software development. The performance and quality delivered by your development team will increase as you get closer to CI/CD with your application development.
Identity and Access Management (IAM): Replacing, or augmenting, application authentication and authorization mechanisms with upgraded cloud solutions – such as cloud directory provider, author logins, or on-premises SSO integration.
Serverless Computing Techniques and Microservices: Serverless techniques realize one of the great promises of cloud computing, freedom from managing any hardware-related limitations. Cloud functions (FaaS) are an example of an on-demand, serverless tool; and breaking down portions of your application into microservices can also improve function.
API Consumption and API Development: APIs are a powerful tool to reduce complexity and to improve code reuse between applications. APIs are commonly used to unravel a knot of applications bound to a data or service tier, and for bridging gaps sometimes cost by hybrid-cloud and multi-cloud environments.