Native Cloud Applications - Why Virtual Machines, Images and Containers Miss the Point!

Frank Leymann, Christoph Fehling, Johannes Wettinger, Sebastian Wagner

Abstract

Due to the current hype around cloud computing, the term “native cloud application” becomes increasingly popular. It suggests an application to fully benefit from all the advantages of cloud computing. Many users tend to consider their applications as cloud native if the application is just bundled in a virtual machine image or a container. Even though virtualization is fundamental for implementing the cloud computing paradigm, a virtualized application does not automatically cover all properties of a native cloud application. In this work, we propose a definition of a native cloud application by specifying the set of characteristic architectural properties, which a native cloud application has to provide. We demonstrate the importance of these properties by introducing a typical scenario from current practice that moves an application to the cloud. The identified properties and the scenario especially show why virtualization alone is insufficient to build native cloud applications. Finally, we outline how native cloud applications respect the core principles of service-oriented architectures, which are currently hyped a lot in the form of microservice architectures.

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in Harvard Style

Leymann F., Wagner S., Fehling C. and Wettinger J. (2016). Native Cloud Applications - Why Virtual Machines, Images and Containers Miss the Point!.In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science - Volume 1: CLOSER, ISBN 978-989-758-182-3, pages 7-15. DOI: 10.5220/0006811300010001


in Bibtex Style

@conference{closer16,
author={Frank Leymann and Sebastian Wagner and Christoph Fehling and Johannes Wettinger},
title={Native Cloud Applications - Why Virtual Machines, Images and Containers Miss the Point!},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science - Volume 1: CLOSER,},
year={2016},
pages={7-15},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0006811300010001},
isbn={978-989-758-182-3},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science - Volume 1: CLOSER,
TI - Native Cloud Applications - Why Virtual Machines, Images and Containers Miss the Point!
SN - 978-989-758-182-3
AU - Leymann F.
AU - Wagner S.
AU - Fehling C.
AU - Wettinger J.
PY - 2016
SP - 7
EP - 15
DO - 10.5220/0006811300010001