How to architect an app from zero

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Cat Mules

Let’s state it simply: A mobile app architecture is simply the codes developers use to create an effectively-structured application.

Modern users often want to understand how things work behind the scene. Here’s a simple explanation about how it works, so that you understand how the apps you’re using every day are build and, if and when you’re ready you’ll understand how to make one yourself.

What are Cloud-native apps?

 Cloud-native apps are applications build on the Cloud, for the Cloud.

Companies gain competitive advantage by responding quickly to change. New environments no longer take hours to build; they can be built in weeks. New releases flow constantly, and new business opportunities are created through innovation. How do modern software systems adapt easily to business demands?

Azure offers internal technologies that you can use for each maturity level, of which Cloud-native is the highest.


What is Microsoft Azure architecture?

All Cloud platforms depend on a tech concept called virtualisation. This is when computer hardware is emulated in software. Computer hardware works by encoding instructions directly into the silicon. Virtualised software maps software instructions  to emulate hardware instructions. It then functions like “real” hardware.

Virtualisation is managed by Cloud Service Providers – the Cloud conduits that manage thousands of physical servers to execute software. Microsoft’s the big one, with its Azure architecture running more than 1 million servers. Azure underpins a complex collection of applications controlling the operations and configurations of virtualisations.

Virtualisation using a Cloud virtualisation removes the need for users to maintain and upgrade computer hardware. It’s a reason behind the Clouds scaling growth as the technology ecosystem of choice, and its relevance behind the scenes in many of the technologies and apps we use today.

The full picture – Build an app that’s integrated

Yes, application architecture is very complex. Also yes, you should consider your needs before getting started.

 Consider design before you consider your mobile app architecture:

  • The dimensions that fit your preferred devices
  • The preferred navigation between screen elements
  • A UI polished for your target audience
  • The internet connection quality and cost – What will be manageable, what will be ideal?

Apps aren’t and shouldn’t be silo-ed away from other services. In addition to compute power and design, Azure services include developing end-to-end applications. You’ll want to consider all business aspects, including, but not limited to: security, data, storage, messaging and network. All of the capabilities you need are available on the Cloud. If you don’t have the expertise yourself you may find it easier to partner up with proven experts to develop your app with the most surefire results.

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Cat Mules

Umbrellar's Digital Journalist, coming from a background in tech reporting and research. Cat's inspired by the epic potential of tech and helping kiwi innovators share their success stories.

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