Understanding Cloud Native Application Delivery

The buzz around the industry centers on Cloud Native Applications and various frameworks supporting the deployment of such applications. Most of the talk is focussed around application encapsulation (container format), orchestration (container orchestration tools), application architecture (Microservices), etc. But the agile pathway for delivering the applications to production and the feedback loop are also equally important.

How is Cloud Native Application Delivery different?

As organizations move towards more modern application delivery, there are some fundamental shifts happening in the delivery process:

  • Applications are more distributed and stateless
  • Application architecture gets more modular and composable (Microservices anyone?)
  • Multiple teams work on different components of a larger application owning it end to end, from code development to production deployment

We move from monolithic apps built by larger teams with separation of roles to composable sets of (micro)services built by large number of smaller teams owning the entire service delivery. While this shift adds resiliency to the applications, it also adds complexity to the management of application delivery process.

What is different?

Delivering Cloud Native application requires a rethink in terms of the technology used as well as how teams collaborate with one another. The shift to containers, as the encapsulation of component services (microservices), and container orchestration frameworks has completely changed the application deployment landscape. From the changes in developer workflow to how builds happen to newer testing suites to modern deployment frameworks, there is a shift in both the toolsets and processes involved in the application delivery. In addition to this shift, the emergence of modular application architecture has brought in a layer of complexity to the application delivery process.

The modern application delivery requires a robust pipeline orchestration connecting to the newer container based developer workflow with cloud native deployment frameworks and other ALM tools. We should also ensure a feedback loop on top of the pipeline so that better quality code is delivered to production. At the organizational level we need a single pane of glass for managers to have complete visibility across various teams so that the complexity associated with modular architecture is tamed and made more manageable.

CloudMunch is Cloud Native Ready

Traditional continuous delivery tools are not prepared to handle the needs of Cloud Native application delivery. Our next-gen CloudMunch Platform is built from ground up to support the newer developer workflow with containers and hooks to all modern Cloud Native Platforms. CloudMunch Delivery can orchestrate pipelines across modern platforms like Docker, Kubernetes, Mesosphere, OpenShift, Google Container Engine and AWS Elastic Container Service. CloudMunch Delivery has the advantage of supporting a wider range of container orchestration frameworks available in the market. With CloudMunch Insights, the feedback loop is enabled on top of the pipeline and managers can easily tame the complexity associated with distributed Cloud Native applications through the actionable insights available in the product.