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Cloud Native: More Than a Buzzword

The software development market is continuously evolving and innovating technologies to meet increased demands by customers and their expectations. With these updates and innovations, comes new types of technologies and buzzwords. Buzzwords can be a tricky – there are more than any one person can keep track of, which can make it difficult to know which trends may add value to your organization. However, one buzzword stands out from the bunch: cloud native.

So why is cloud native so important? Reliance on cloud for application development has increased immensely. Estimates indicate that by 2021, enterprise spending on cloud services and infrastructure will be more than $530 billion, and that more than 90% of enterprises will use multiple cloud services and platforms.₁ By modernizing your applications with a cloud native platform, you can revitalize legacy code to be more resilient, faster, easier to maintain, and more cost effective.

What is cloud native?

Cloud native brings together multiple current technology trends – tools, frameworks, and modern software, built on a cloud infrastructure. It’s an approach that relies on building and running applications that utilize the benefits  of the cloud computing delivery model. It focuses on HOW applications are created and deployed.

Cloud native helps to accelerate organization’s time-to-market to address the increasing demands of customers. Organizations that shift to a cloud-native platform are at an advantage over their competition.

How can my organization adopt cloud native?

Now that you know what cloud native is, how do you set this methodology in motion? First, you need a platform to build cloud-native applications – ideally one that incorporates DevOps, continuous delivery, microservices, and containers. So, who are your options? While there are many choices out there, one company in particular is at the forefront of this trend – Pivotal, and its Pivotal Cloud Foundry platform.

Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) allows you to accelerate and evolve legacy systems by providing a single software platform capable of scaling to support hundreds of IT teams and thousands of applications. It adapts the open source Cloud Foundry platform and consists of several services: Pivotal Application Service, Pivotal Container Service, Pivotal Function Service, and Pivotal Services Marketplace.

Ready to learn more about cloud native, Pivotal, and get your cloud journey started? Check out our guide, Transform Your Application Development with Pivotal Cloud Foundry.

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