What is a cloud-native project or solution?
Cloud-based projects are becoming increasingly cloud-native, involving service meshes, containers, microservices, declarative APIs and immutable infrastructure. We expect entrants into this category to be predominantly involved with cloud-native projects addressing issues with service integration, cloud storage and service management. However, discrete components which have a more holistic view of cloud-native environments are also eligible. The judges will want to see evidence of innovation and success.
A cloud-native project or solution refers to an approach that leverages the full potential of cloud computing technologies and principles to develop and deploy applications and services. Here are the key characteristics and components associated with cloud-native projects:
- Service Meshes: Cloud-native projects often incorporate service meshes, which provide a dedicated infrastructure layer for managing communication and interactions between services. Service meshes enable capabilities such as traffic management, load balancing, encryption, and observability, enhancing the resilience and scalability of distributed applications.
- Containers: Containers play a vital role in cloud-native projects, as they encapsulate application components and their dependencies, ensuring consistency and portability across different computing environments. Containers enable efficient resource utilization, simplified deployment, and scalability, facilitating the seamless scaling and management of applications.
- Microservices: Cloud-native projects adopt a microservices architecture, which involves decomposing applications into smaller, loosely coupled services. Each service focuses on a specific business capability and can be independently developed, deployed, and scaled. Microservices enable agility, scalability, and resilience, facilitating faster development cycles and the ability to adapt to changing business needs.
- Declarative APIs: Cloud-native projects emphasize the use of declarative APIs, where developers define the desired state of the infrastructure and services, leaving the implementation details to the underlying cloud platform. Declarative APIs enable infrastructure as code (IaC) practices, allowing for automated provisioning, configuration management, and application deployment.
- Immutable Infrastructure: Cloud-native projects embrace the concept of immutable infrastructure, which means that infrastructure components and configurations are treated as immutable artifacts that are replaced or redeployed rather than modified directly. This approach promotes consistency, reproducibility, and better resilience, as new instances are created from a known good state.
Previous recognition for Best Cloud-Native Project / Solution
For a broader understanding of this Cloud Awards category, we have gathered examples from previous winners, finalists, and shortlistees which impressed the judging team with their innovative cloud-native projects and solutions.