A primer on building apps in the cloud

A primer on building apps in the cloud

The cloud continues to be the platform of choice these days to access hundreds and thousands of digital applications. And why not, when users find it scalable, cost-efficient, and easy to use--personally, and professionally.

In the world of business, the same benefits ring true. In particular, any organization has the power to create its own apps with the help of cloud tools.

In the not-so-distant past, apps took months to prepare. Now, it can be launched in a few weeks, or maybe even less, all thanks to the built-in infrastructure, storage, power, and other features of the cloud.

Businesses can build either cloud-ready or cloud native apps. The difference between the two lies in where the app is built. A cloud-ready app is developed for use on a single machine or an on-site server. With a little tweaking, though, these can be migrated in the cloud. On the other hand, a cloud native app is born in the cloud. These are built on a microservice architecture that’s made up of self-autonomous containers that automatically function to scale or update a system.

A breakdown on cloud native apps

Experts agree that the development of cloud native apps is a growing trend in the tech world. In fact, the latest research from Capgemini, a global player in consultancy, technology, and outsourcing services shows that 15% of new enterprise applications today are cloud native. And this number is set to accelerate in the next couple of years, climbing to 32% by 2020.

What do businesses get out of developing cloud native apps? Here are some of the benefits:

 

1.Enhanced data security

Cloud native apps are made up of ‘containers’ that automate security, and make frequent updates to the system. This feature reduces the chance for malware to sit undetected, and create damage to the cloud environment. At the same time, containers also automatically transfer data from one data center to another in case of an outage.

2.Elasticity

Cloud native apps can take full advantage of the elasticity of the cloud when additional resources are required. So if a cloud-based e-commerce app, for instance, experiences a spike in usage, a business’ IT professional can deploy extra compute resources until the surge subsides. A cloud native app can adjust to the increased resources and scale as necessary, as compared to on-premise apps.

3.Accessibility

Cloud native apps are more likely written in web-centric languages such as HTML, CSS, Java, or JavaScript, among many others. As such, it is readily available through the web, and can be utilized by anyone logged in to the internet.

The creation and maintenance of cloud native apps require proper DevOps practices between I.T. developers. Team members must communicate frequently, and collaborate with one another to ensure that the app’s service is stable and less-prone from frequent downtimes.

Cloud native apps are designed to maximize the use of the cloud computing model. With its speed and agility, one’s business can meet constantly changing demands of the business through regular app updates.

Salesforce, a top customer relationship management platform, is one of the cloud vendors that offer a variety of cloud native apps. These range from those that will benefit the different arms of a business, whether it’s customer service, sales, marketing, or operations.

The apps are also beneficial to different sectors such as in finance, healthcare, hospitality management, and business process outsourcing, to name a few

To know more about the various Salesforce apps, visit the website of its Gold Alliance partner, IPC at http://ipc.com.ph/en/.