Many industries are moving toward cloud-native software, and the legal sector is no different. Cloud-native has been dubbed the future of software development. Whether you believe it is merely a passing fad or the key to a more succinct and efficient workforce, the cloud-native approach has already changed the way we think about developing and operating legal software products.
It’s easy to understand why the cloud is so widely adopted in legal chambers. Not only does it provide independence and remote working opportunities for lawyers, but it also reduces overhead costs and facilitates faster, more agile methods of research and administration. We’ll explore these benefits in more detail, but first – what is cloud-native software, and what does it do?
What is cloud-native software?
Cloud-native software is not the same as using a cloud provider for your applications. Cloud-native software affects the design, deployment and implementation of your applications. It is an approach to building and running applications that fully embrace the advantages of cloud computing as a whole. In short, cloud-native is about how applications are created, rather than how they operate.
What does cloud-native software do?
Cloud native computing uses something called an “open source software stack”. It also uses a container model, meaning all parts are independently packaged to facilitate transparency and resource isolation. Cloud native software is also dynamically orchestrated, meaning container models are actively scheduled and managed to optimise efficiency. Applications are then segmented into micro-services, an action that significantly increases the overall agility and maintainability of your applications.
The benefits of cloud-native software
There are many advantages to using a cloud-native software model in place of traditional on-premises apps. These include:
The cloud-native delivery relies on a series of reliable, proven and audited processes to facilitate automation. Instead of relying on manual intervention, cloud-native software repeats processes using advanced automation and orchestration tools. In the legal sector, this will aid legal research and document storage in a way that’s both reliable and efficient, even when the server goes down.
A cloud-native application shares resources with other apps much more efficiently. While on-premises apps don’t tend to work in a virtual environment, cloud-native software can be relied upon for discreet data sharing and collaborative working on a remote basis.
- Better connections
Cloud-native software has better-connected resources than an on-premises app. While regular apps are fairly rigid in their connections to network resource, such as security, permissions and storage, cloud-native resources don’t need to be hard-coded, and they won’t lose connection if anything is moved or changed.
Updatability is also important in the legal sector. While on-premises apps need updates and usually are delivered on a subscription basis, cloud-native apps are always current and up to date, and they don’t require downtime when updates are installed.
You can learn more about the benefits of cloud-native software for your chambers by contacting City Business Solutions. We’ve been serving barrister’s chambers since 2007, so we understand the unique IT challenges faced by the legal sector. In turn, we offer a complete suite of services to meet your unique requirements. To book a free IT consultation, call us on 020 3355 7334 today.