Having a solid solution to package, run, and manage your application is just as important as how you write it. A reliable, robust release pipeline that tests, packages, and runs your code can mean the difference between catching am issue before it becomes a problem and learning about it at the same time as all of your users.
What is a Service Mesh?
Microservices are the key to building applications that scale to meet changing business demands. A microservices architecture breaks up the functions of an application into a set of small, discrete, decentralized, goal-oriented processes, each of which can be independently developed, tested, deployed, replaced, and scaled. However, when an application has many discrete services that need to communicate with one another, communication pathways can quickly become complex. A service mesh decouples a service from having to know about the network, managing the interactions of microservices at the application layer (rather than at the level of virtual IP addresses and ports).
What is CI/CD?
Modern distributed architectures together with cloud environments offer a powerful toolkit for delivering applications that quickly deliver business value. No industry is immune to disruption, however, and you can no longer afford a plodding release cycle with nebulous review boards and heavyweight gates that slow development to a crawl. You need to move fast but you cannot afford to break things. You need deployment pipelines. So, how can you ensure releases don’t bring down production?
What is Cloud Native?
Cloud native is an approach to building and running applications that exploit the advantages of the cloud computing delivery model. Cloud native development—also increasingly referred to as modern application development—is appropriate for public, hybrid, and private clouds; it’s about how applications are created and deployed, not where. The more important thing is the ability to offer on-demand access to computing power along with modern data and application services for developers. Cloud native development incorporates the concepts of DevOps, continuous delivery, microservices, and containers.