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Cloud Architecture 2013: Top 9 Fine-Tuning Tips

Posted by Brian Adler   Ι   December 18, 2012 3 comments
Before you congratulate yourself on crossing off those final to-dos for 2012, don’t forget this critical one: fine-tuning your applications and cloud architecture. And while it’s unlikely that you’ll accomplish this task by end of year, here are nine tips to help you optimally manage your cloud applications and architecture in 2013.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

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

RightScale Server Orchestration and Amazon SWF launch

The launch of Amazon's SWF (see also Werner's blog ) is a good opportunity to talk about some of the exciting new automation features that we have in the works and we will make available with the coming releases. We've been using SWF as one of our back-end services for a number of months and it's a pretty awesome service that greatly accelerated the development of our orchestration features. In...Read more

Cloud Foundry Architecture and Auto-Scaling

Yesterday's blog post mostly covered the benefits of VMware's Cloud Foundry PaaS and how it fits with RightScale. Today I want to dive a little into the Cloud Foundry architecture and highlight how IaaS and PaaS really are complementary. I'm really hoping that more PaaS options will become available so we can offer our users a choice of PaaS software. CloudFoundry Architecture From a technical...Read more

Animoto's Facebook Scale-Up

The Animoto guys hit the jackpot on Facebook this past week. Jeff Barr mentioned a few of the stats on his blog : Animoto ramped from 25,000 users to 250,000 users in three days, signing up 20,000 new users per hour at peak. The system they run using RightScale is quite complicated, with the www.animoto.com website, then a separate site for the Facebook app run by Hungry Machines, both of these...Read more
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