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Architecting Scalable Applications in the Cloud: Database Tier

Posted by Brian Adler   Ι   October 31, 2012 3 comments
This week brings me to the fourth and final post in my series on Architecting Scalable Applications in the Cloud , where previously I’ve discussed techniques for hardening your application infrastructure at the load balancing, web/application, and caching tiers. In today’s post I will delve into the details of the most common bottleneck of a typical application – the database tier. The diagram...Read more

Architecting Scalable Applications in the Cloud: The Caching Tier

Posted by Brian Adler   Ι   October 24, 2012 0 comments
Last week I discussed the application tier and the implementation considerations that come into play with regard to promoting the availability and resiliency of that tier of your architecture. Here, in the third article in my series on Architecting Scalable Applications in the Cloud , I will cover a part of the architecture that is often forgotten when implementing an application – the caching...Read more

DNS Load Balancing and Using Multiple Load Balancers in the Cloud

Load balancing in general is a complicated process, but there's some secret sauce in managing DNS along with multiple load balancers in the cloud. It requires that you draw from a few different sets of networking and “cloudy” concepts. In this second article in my best practices series (my first post covered how to use credentials within RightScale for storing sensitive or frequently used values...Read more

The Most Important IT Metric: Quality of Experience

Posted by Angela Tripp   Ι   October 18, 2012 0 comments
Today’s guest post comes from Ephraim Baron, an IT operations expert at Equinix, a global platform of high-performance data centers housing many of the world’s largest public clouds and a RightScale partner. Application performance and end-user quality of experience (QoE) are critical to IT success. The primary goal of information technology is to make users – and, by extension, enterprises –...Read more

Architecting Scalable Applications in the Cloud: Application Tier

Posted by Brian Adler   Ι   October 16, 2012 5 comments
This week’s post is the second in a series on Architecting Scalable Applications in the Cloud , which summarizes some of the typical discussions I have with RightScale customers as they bring their new (or existing) applications into the cloud. Last week I discussed the issues to consider when implementing a robust, resilient, and highly available load balancing tier . This week, I will drop one...Read more

Architecting Scalable Applications in the Cloud

Posted by Brian Adler   Ι   October 10, 2012 9 comments
As an architect in the Professional Services group, I get the opportunity to talk to a lot of RightScale customers . And I enjoy it very much since I get to learn about all their cool new ideas and the technologies and applications they are bringing to the cloud. Over the course of the last several years and hundreds of customer conversations, a few common threads of discussion always come up...Read more

Three Quick Wins for Cloud Computing

Posted by Brian Adler   Ι   July 11, 2012 0 comments
Are you still trying to decide how to move your organization into the cloud? Do you already have servers in the cloud but can’t figure out how to best utilize them? At RightScale, we have these conversations with prospective customers all the time. I've outlined three of the most beneficial aspects of the RightScale solution that our customers use to quickly and more efficiently manage their...Read more

Seven Things to Consider Before Building a Private Cloud

Posted by Brian Adler   Ι   May 29, 2012 3 comments
Not so long ago, if you were like many CIOs or ops managers, you were consumed with issues related to providing power, space, and cooling for corporate data centers. As the capabilities of server hardware continued to increase (Moore’s Law stands the test of time), the workload generated by a typical application could no longer completely consume the resources of a single server. Vast amounts of...Read more

Identifying Workloads for the Cloud

Posted by Ryan Geyer   Ι   May 23, 2012 1 comment
Identifying workloads to move to the cloud can be tricky. You have dozens or hundreds of apps running in your organization, and now that you’ve seen the operational efficiencies and agility available to you in the cloud, you’re tempted to move as many of them to the cloud as quickly as possible. As you’ll see in the examples below, cloud computing is indeed a good fit for many common workloads. I...Read more

Four Steps to Achieving High Availability in the Cloud

Posted by Brian Adler   Ι   May 09, 2012 1 comment
Constructing a high-availability application in the cloud can seem like a daunting process. The key is to assume that every component of a system will fail at some point and to prepare for that eventuality. Then you can build for failure and automate processes to handle it. Fault-tolerant systems designed for high availability are achievable in the cloud. High availability (HA) and disaster...Read more

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