Cloud Native Architecture

While strictly-segmented and compartmentalized business and IT structures may have worked for organizations in the past, they’re no longer effective in any fast-paced, dynamic company. The cloud native philosophy is about freedom. The enterprise isn’t tied to any particular provider or operating systems and enjoys simplified program management as a result.

Cloud native can be a challenge to implement, but it pays dividends in the long run. That’s why, at Copado, we make it a central component of our strategy. With our end-to-end solutions, we take the challenge out of the initial implementation and allow organizations to reap the benefits of a scalable, flexible, and more efficient system.

Understanding the Basics of Cloud Native

Cloud native is a significant change from many other architectures where program frameworks depend on the industry and the use case. The entire philosophy avoids categorization. As such, the framework and infrastructure will be the same regardless of the organization’s industry, whether financial, healthcare, utilities, or something else entirely. Some of the key aspects of cloud native include:

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Orchestration

Automation is crucial in a cloud native environment, and relies on orchestration. Automating configuration, deployment, and systems management ensures that all programs are up to date and running as expected, without the need for significant human intervention.

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Containerization

This strategy centers on building lightweight and scalable applications. Granular-level infrastructure management provides enhanced flexibility and security while streamlining processes.

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CI/CD

Continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) are agile processes that consistently test and deliver code. CI/CD is a form of automation because these steps occur without the need for human intervention. Implementing small changes simplifies multi-platform code development.

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Microservices

The immutable infrastructure is also one that is ephemeral. It isn’t rigid and unchangeable—instead, it’s disposable. Rather than tweaking a problematic infrastructure, it’s terminated and a new one is created to replace it, typically seen with an infrastructure as code (IaC)-based strategy.

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Scalability

Built-in scalability means that organizations and enterprises can meet demands without impacting existing infrastructure. The company should be able to add or subtract programs, services, datasets, and more with minimal disruption.

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CI/CD

Continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) are agile processes that consistently test and deliver code. CI/CD is a form of automation because these steps occur without the need for human intervention. Implementing small changes simplifies multi-platform code development.

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Immutable Infrastructures

The immutable infrastructure is also one that is ephemeral. It isn’t rigid and unchangeable—instead, it’s disposable. Rather than tweaking a problematic infrastructure, it’s terminated and a new one is created to replace it, typically seen with an infrastructure as code (IaC)-based strategy.

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Observability

Observability allows the monitoring of all changes in a distributed environment. Developers can determine appropriate behaviors simply by viewing the outputs of the system: logs, metrics, etc. Abnormal behavior can be isolated and managed.

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Culture

It’s important to note that one of the most critical components of cloud native is culture. Companies have to reevaluate their budgets and create a collaborative environment for engineers that gives them the authority they need to make necessary changes.

The above components help organizations build scalable, efficient, and flexible frameworks to support long-term computing needs. That’s why, at Copado, we make cloud native a central component of any strategy.

How Copado Supports the Cloud Native Digital Enterprise

The start of any cloud native strategy is always the most challenging part. This is especially true when moving from a more traditional, static framework. At Copado, we address these issues with an end-to-end approach that combines several supportive philosophies:

  • DevSecOps: A big problem with DevOps is that the focus on speed may come at the expense of security. We follow DevSecOps principles by making security a fundamental component of the process. This ensures the rapid development of a secure program while minimizing risks.
  • Secure, compliant data platforms: Data security and portability are essential. API tools, DevSecOps based strategies, integrated logs, and containerization allow us to build frameworks that protect data while allowing its free, unencumbered flow.
  • Research: Dynamic systems come with dynamic problems. We stay ahead of the biggest threats to the industry by automating detection and building in responses. Predictive threat modeling helps guide better cybersecurity decisions in the face of even the most sophisticated attacks.
  • Complete system reviews: You should not have to start from ground zero when you’re redesigning a security program. We complete an end-to-end assessment and consider how your current resources can fit into a new model. It’s a cost-effective, efficient approach to updates.

Cloud native is a central component of our strategies at Copado. It gives organizations the freedom and scalability they need to customize a program specifically for their needs. With our solutions, companies enjoy better, more efficient computing while ensuring top-notch security.

Cloud native is a central component of our strategies at Copado. It gives organizations the freedom and scalability they need to customize a program specifically for their needs. With our solutions, companies enjoy better, more efficient computing while ensuring top-notch security.

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