What is the Difference between Cloud-Ready and Cloud-Native?
You may have recently noticed software labelled with one of two similar sounding terms: cloud-ready and cloud-native. What’s the difference? Aren’t cloud apps just cloud apps?
The cloud is the undisputed home of computing’s future and is where the money is. But server-oriented applications are very different from applications designed for cloud computing. Transitioning from one to the other presents challenges to firms that have historically marketed on-site server programs or are heavily invested in a server-oriented flagship application. To cope, those companies have begun using subtly different marketing techniques to promote very different products.
Let’s take a closer look at what each label means.
Cloud-ready applications were once local-only programs, either for use on a single machine or an on-site server. Their features are built for static environments instead of the dynamic abilities of the cloud, but they have been tweaked and modified enough so that they can run in the cloud. They do not, however, have the innate flexibility that comes with programs designed to take advantage of operating in a cloud environment.
Cloud-native applications, on the other hand, are designed with microservices, multitenancy, and elasticity baked into the recipe and so they are able to natively incorporate the advantages that come with them. There’s no tweaking necessary to make them work in the cloud - they were born to be there and function smoothly and cleanly in that environment.
Here’s a short list of features that differentiate cloud-ready and cloud-native applications
Entando's upcoming release is going to be cloud native...stay tuned!