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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: 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

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

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

Internal External Private Public Hybrid Virtual Cloud

I'd like an external private hybrid cloud, dry, with whole milk, please! Enterprises rise to the cloud, terminology takes off - as if we didn't have enough cloud confusion already. But it's not all bad news - some of the terms do make sense. While many of the benefits associated with the cloud are independent of cloud type – internal, external, private, public – the type of cloud does determine...Read more

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