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HOW ‘CLOUD-NATIVE’ APPLICATIONS ARE TRANSFORMING IT, AND WHY IT TOOK SO LONG
For a major application such as an industrial control system (ICS), a content management system (CMS), or a hospital management system (HMS) to be "cloud-native," its entire lifecycle must exist on a cloud platform. It's developed or assembled there, it's staged and tested there, it's deployed there, debugged there, and continuously updated there. It's not "installed" on a server in a data center as some sort of permanent residency. And it's not converted into a virtual machine image just to make it portable across servers. It is designed for the cloud, which not only mandates fundamental changes to its architecture, but of the entire IT economy that supports it. In a way, the evolution of server-side applications is reverting to the course it had been taking prior to the PC era, when x86 processors pushed mainframes and minicomputers out of the data center. A cloud-native application is made for the systems that host it, rather than having to be converted or staged in a virtual environment that hides the nature of the cloud from it. SCOTT FULTON READ MORE