Cloud Native v/s Cloud agnostic
More and more of our clients want to introduce their applications on the cloud. With the ever-changing digital space, it has become paramount to choose the right platform. This brings us to the big question today — Whether to build an application in Cloud Native or Cloud Agnostic architecture?
Let’s start with the core characteristics that set Cloud Native and Cloud Agnostic apart.
Cloud Native architecture allows you to design or purchase an application or service in a single provider’s cloud. The app development happens in microservices, containers, and dynamic orchestration. Some of the popular cloud providers are Amazon, Microsoft Azure, and Google. If you decide to start with Amazon, you will need to develop and deploy your tools on AWS (Amazon Web Services) only.
On the other hand, Cloud Agnostic architecture lets you freely use open source technologies. Meaning you can work on any cloud platform and move from one cloud to another with minimum problems if pricing, offerings and performance change.
While there is no rule of using either one or even both at the same time, it is important to understand their advantages and disadvantages.
Cloud Native Advantages
Speed is synonymous with digital platforms. Faster a company can roll out an update means it is responding to its users quicker, which increases a user’s retention and thus defines success for the company.
This is a unique feature of Cloud Native. Every task is assigned to different microservices which are part of containers that further allow easy transfer of software. This is how any bug can be traced in a microservice in a container. It gets fixed sooner and updated quickly because it only has few lines of code to go through.
Minimum Failure Risk
Apps built-in Cloud Native are resilient to any outages or failures. It is designed to handle outages automatically and commence the corrective actions.
Cloud Native apps are made up of several containers. This means that even if something fails, only part of it gets affected. Thus the whole app does not go down; even in case of widespread failure, the app automatically gets restored to the previous stable version. All this makes Cloud Native very reliable and downtime is minimal to nonexistent.
Cloud Native enables updates automatically without any interference with the user base or even the app. With Cloud Native, you will have access to on-demand, self-service, programmatic provisioning.
For your growing business needs, Cloud Native comes equipped with an auto-scale feature. This means that while you can use the computing resources, you are charged only for what you use.
Cloud Native Challenges
This is a major concern for enterprises. If you develop applications with a service provider, your data is not secure in your firewall. The enterprise depends on the security measures of a third party.
There is always a lock-in risk with Cloud Native. If you become too dependent on a certain cloud provider for their unique features, chances are you risk paying higher prices, changing performance, or even the provider shutting down.
Cloud Agnostic Benefits
Cloud Agnostic architecture is built on the foundation of multiple cloud providers. Thus it lets you switch between them hassle-free in case the performance, pricing or offers change. It also provides you with the option of using a multi-cloud approach, thus splitting the workload between providers.
You have the freedom to choose between providers offering unique features for your applications. You can run the workloads with the provider that offers the feature and others with a vendor who is offering the best features for them.
When the application is assigned to more than one cloud service provider, it lowers your risk of redundancy and outage if it occurs.
No Cloud Lock-in
Cloud agnostic organisations are more robust and invest in risk management to keep up with the changing times. Applications have the benefit of availing a continuously developing landscape.
Cloud Agnostic Challenges
While you do end up saving time and money eventually; initially you do need to manage different cloud vendors, their cost estimation, and consolidating all costs. This means monitoring the usage and billing of multiple service providers. You also need to be aware of costs related to transferring data from one cloud to another.
As a company, you will need a team of developers who are capable of working on multiple clouds. This includes managing and operating on different infrastructures.