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What does Cloud Native mean?

Matt Yule-Bennett, CTO
Jun 30, 2020 - 1 minute read

You might have heard the industry term “cloud native” before, but what does it mean? There is a glib definition of the cloud as being “just somebody else’s computer”, often sitting in a datacenter owned by AWS or Google.

It is true that the original service offered by AWS was a virtual server, but otherwise this definition is misleading. The benefits of cloud computing are so much more than offloading the responsibility of running the physical servers. Newer cloud technologies enable a fundamentally different way of operating software. It’s easier, faster and better. An analogy might help.

If you ran a delivery company, part of your business would be operating physical warehouses. You might rent the warehouses rather than own them, and hire a management company to run them. This would offload some responsibility. But you would still need to keep track of what was in each warehouse and how full they were. Managing individual warehouses is like managing individual computers. The cloud equivalent is a single warehouse that can store an infinite amount of stuff.

Cloud native" means software designed to make use of these new technologies. It’s a huge advantage, and that advantage is getting bigger every day. Pace has been cloud native from the beginning. It’s part of what makes our science and engineering teams so effective.

It’s the reason we can be automating your prices in a matter of hours, whether you’re a single hotel or a hundred-property group. Ultimately it gives us more time for our core business.

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