Unlock performance, resilience and cost benefits – go cloud native

Chugging along with the same old infrastructure has served enterprises well for decades. But times are a-changing. Now, that same old infrastructure means organisations are missing out on a whole heap of benefits. While legacy software as a service (SaaS) vendors such as Mulesoft and Apigee are certainly reliable, the digital era demands a more agile, scalable, and cost-effective approach, particularly when it comes to APIs.

This is why many organisations are outsourcing to fully cloud native vendors such as Tyk. Cloud native architectures for APIs – Tyk Cloud being the prime example – enable modern enterprises to unlock performance, resilience, and cost benefits. Businesses adopting this cloud native approach can get to market faster, flex their product offering more easily and enjoy world-class security for their APIs. What’s not to love?

If you’re considering going cloud native, read on for handy hints, tips and thoughts to help you on your journey.

Why go cloud native?

A cloud native approach means you can make your products highly available and more resilient, work on them faster and enjoy exceptional freedom and flexibility. We explored the benefits of being cloud native in more detail when discussing 12-factor app design recently, but it’s not just Tyk that’s espousing the virtues of a cloud native mindset.

However, going cloud native is about more than just adopting cloud computing services; it’s about embracing a mindset that harnesses the power of scalability, flexibility, and agility that cloud native architectures offer, compared to legacy vendors such as Mulesoft and Apigee.

Turbocharge your enterprise

It’s time to think big. In fact, not just big – unlimited! Cloud native architectures enable enterprises to optimise performance by leveraging the unlimited computing power of the cloud. It means you can scale resources on-demand and deliver reliable performance that will hold up even during peak usage time and unexpected spikes. We’ve all seen major retailers caught out being unable to cope with reputation-damaging demand spikes during holiday sales. Thankfully, with the right cloud native approach, your business shouldn’t have to experience that pain.

Get there faster

Whether you’re working on a brand new product to help your business conquer the globe or an exciting new update to your existing offering, you can get there faster with cloud native technologies such as containers and microservices. All are underpinned by a robust, cloud native API management platform, naturally.

With this approach, you can develop and deploy faster without making any security or quality compromises, keeping your enterprise fleet-footed and ready to flex in response to new challenges or competitors.

Cope with whatever life throws at you

Let’s talk about resilience for a minute. Resilience is crucial for enterprises across all verticals. Cloud native architectures can help here by providing high availability and fault tolerance. This means your APIs, applications, and their consumers can cope with network issues, hardware failures and more.

Distributing workloads across multiple cloud instances can build this resilience into your architecture, enabling you to minimise the impact of any outages. Of course, multi-cloud environments are not without their complexities, so you’ll need to put some thought into deploying and managing everything in a way that best suits your needs. Did we mention that Tyk enables you to run and operate Tyk using your chosen cloud providers in whichever regions you like? Just saying.

Keep your CFO happy

When you tell your CFO you want to take an approach that will improve performance and resilience significantly, they’ll likely be waiting for you to hit them with a request to break out the company cheque book. However, moving to a cloud native architecture can actually lead to significant cost savings for enterprises.

Cloud native architectures and SaaS models mean you can optimise resource usage by only paying for what you need. This is a great way to align API costs with your APIs’ value. And that means plenty of pennies left over for funnelling back into innovation and growth. Like we say: Happy CFO time.

Welcome to the cloud native future

Embracing the cloud native mindset and harnessing the power of cutting-edge technologies means you can make substantial cost savings compared to legacy vendors such as Mulesoft or Apigee while improving performance, resilience, agility and more. You can do so smoothly and efficiently with the help of robust, secure API management from Tyk.

Check out our docs to learn more about Tyk Cloud and discover how easy it is to get started. The Tyk team is always up for a chat, too, if you fancy dropping us a line or doing things the old-school way and picking up the phone.