Cloud applications are the talk of the town. Many times, we come across terms like cloud-native applications and cloud-enabled applications. For starters, few people use both the terms interchangeably. But there lies a blurred line difference between the two. So, what exactly is the difference between cloud-native and cloud-enabled? Why it is so important? Let’s find out!
To start with, let’s have a look at what the analyst community is saying about the cloud applications. As per a research report by IDC, by 2022, 90% of all new apps will feature microservices architectures that improve the ability to design, debug, update, and leverage third-party code, 35% of all production apps will be cloud native.
Now the microservices architecture is the one which is used by cloud-native applications. In other words, these are the applications which are born in the cloud; made as microservices packaged in containers and are deployed in the cloud. So, surely the future belongs to cloud-native applications. So, what are cloud-enabled applications then?
Cloud-enabled is relatively an older term being used by the enterprises for a long time. These cloud-enabled applications are made in house in a static (on-premises) environment and are a typical legacy or traditional enterprise software enabled for the cloud functioning.
While cloud-native applications are made on a microservices architecture (known as micro-services) that are designed as an independent module to serve a particular purpose, cloud-enabled applications are made on legacy infrastructure systems where each module is dependent on each other. These are generally static and making upgrades to such an application means making changes to the whole of it.
The cloud-enabled applications were of great use in the older times when there was a limit on the data usage. Today, the enterprises are competing in the digital age. Every enterprise has heaps of data which needs to be

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