Taking full advantage of the power of the cloud computing model and container schedulers, Cloud Native is an innovative way to build and run applications. Cloud Native applications are built to run in the cloud, moving the focus away from machines to the actual service.
Because cloud native applications are often architectured using microservices instead of a monolithic application structure, they rely on containers to package the application’s libraries and processes for deployment. Microservices allow developers to build deployable apps that are decomposed into individual modules that focus on performing one specific service. This decentralization makes for a more stable environment by limiting the potential of full application failure due to an isolated problem.
Cloud orchestration tools, like Kubernetes, allow developers to coordinate the way in which an application’s containers will function, including scaling and deployment.
Cloud native app development requires a shift to a DevOps operating structure. This means development and operations teams will much work more collaboratively, leading to a faster and smoother production process.
Using Cloud Native to build your applications has a number of tangible benefits because it:
Cloud native applications are the future of software development and GitLab is the best place to build these apps.
When transitioning to cloud native applications, your team will see a large increase in the number of projects that need to be managed because of the required use of microservices. The surge in project volume calls for consistent and efficient application lifecycle management — this is where GitLab comes in.
GitLab is a single application with everything you need for end-to-end software development and operations. From issue tracking and source code management to CI/CD and monitoring, having it all in one place simplifies toolchain complexity and speeds up cycle times. With a built-in container registry and Kubernetes integration, GitLab makes it easier than ever to get started with containers and cloud native development.