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We’re undergoing a transition in the computing industry. As organizations develop more applications as a result of digital transformation initiatives, developers are focused on the speed of building applications and quality of application delivery. Businesses want to move quickly, shifting from one innovation to another as fast and efficiently as possible – much like a skilled automobile driver, effortlessly shifting gears to gain acceleration.

With a higher preference for simplicity and delivering compelling software faster, cloud-native applications allow companies to achieve this same type of acceleration – that is, deploying the apps users want at the pace the business needs. Cloud-native is more about how applications are deployed rather than where they are deployed. Often cloud-native applications are developed and deployed as a set of scalable, stateless microservices running in containers, which is a simpler and more cost-effective than virtualization. Building cloud-native applications typically involves grouping small, independent, and loosely coupled services to ensure consistent development and automated management experience across clouds—which is central to agile software delivery.

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This article was written by: Robert Christiansen