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Google Compute Engine Live Migration Passes the Test

Posted by Brian Adler   Ι   December 12, 2013 0 comments
Last week Google announced the general availability of its Google Compute Engine cloud service, including new live migration technology that enables your virtual machines to keep running while Google performs upgrades to its physical infrastructure. We put the live migration feature to the test with not-surprising results.Read more

Can Your IT Infrastructure Handle the Holiday Marketing Campaign Rush?

Posted by Andre Theus   Ι   September 17, 2013 0 comments
If your organization has a seasonal spike in business around the end of the year, you're likely to find demand for compute resources spiking, too. If your profitability depends on seasonal revenue, you'll need to architect scalable applications with an underlying infrastructure that can adapt to dynamically changing conditions.Read more

Cloud Strategists Weigh In: Top Trends in Cloud Computing

What are the top trends in cloud computing today? We asked some of the cloud professionals in attendance at our recent RightScale Compute conference to share what they considered to be the top trends. We got a wide range of answers, as you might expect from leaders in an industry that is changing rapidly as more cloud technology providers are entering the space and as enterprises are increasingly...Read more

How to Leverage the Cloud to Build Marketing Campaigns That Scale

Last year Gartner made the seemingly odd prediction that by 2017, CMOs will spend more on IT than CIOs. Marketing departments are dependent on technology to drive their critical online, social, and mobile marketing initiatives, and increasingly they are turning to cloud computing to provide the speed and scale necessary to support successful campaigns. RightScale Vice President of Marketing Kim...Read more

Google Compute Engine Performance Test with RightScale and Apica

Posted by Brian Adler   Ι   June 19, 2013 1 comment
With the resources and flexibility cloud computing provides, any organization can run its applications in the world’s best data centers, on the world’s best networks and servers. Organizations looking to leverage cloud infrastructures want to understand how that translates to real-world application performance. We’ve seen growing interest in Google Compute Engine (GCE) among organizations...Read more

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

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

MySQL Performance on Amazon EC2

Spurred by Morgan Tocker , I ran some sysbench MySQL performance benchmarks on EC2 instances. This is just the first round, more to follow. The Setup On a small instance, I reformatted /mnt with LVM2 and creates a 140GB xfs filesystem. In the my.cnf the important InnoDB settings I chose are: innodb_buffer_pool_size = 1G innodb_additional_mem_pool_size = 24M innodb_log_file_size = 64M...Read more

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