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Native Cloud Application (NCA)

Definition - What does Native Cloud Application (NCA) mean?

A native cloud application (NCA) is a software application that is specifically built for cloud computing and virtualization environments. Native cloud applications are designed, developed and deployed in such a way that they reap the maximum functionality and services of a cloud computing and virtualization infrastructure.

Techopedia explains Native Cloud Application (NCA)

Native cloud applications are primarily developed by keeping cloud computing architecture in perspective. Although they might be similar to typical software applications, the back-end computation, scalability and parallel processing are compatible with and support a cloud infrastructure. Native cloud applications have the following characteristics:

  • Massively Parallel: The application should incorporate parallelization techniques within task execution and data storage.
  • Complete Utilization of Cloud Resources: The application should use native cloud APIs and other procedures to simplify tasks and use most or all available resources.
  • Cross Cloud-Paradigm: The application should be easily migrated and deployed within multiple cloud providers.
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