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Brian Adler
Principal Cloud Architect at RightScale
Brian Adler is a principal cloud architect at RightScale, bringing years of experience in multi-cloud environments. Brian advises RightScale customers on complex application architectures and cloud implementations. He collaborates with enterprise companies to dynamically configure their cloud resources across multiple cloud infrastructures, facilitates their high-availability configurations and disaster recovery efforts across cloud-agnostic and cross-cloud architectures, and guides them through cloud mapping and available tools. Prior to RightScale, Brian worked in systems engineering, built hardware and software for defense industry applications, and served as a software architect for Openwave, a highly scalable enterprise-grade email messaging platform.

Articles by Brian Adler

Will AWS T2 Replace 30 Percent of Instances? Not So Fast

Posted by Brian Adler   Ι   July 02, 2014 0 comments
Yesterday AWS announced a new T2 family of instances. The T2 family comes in three sizes: micro (1 vCPU, 1GB RAM), small (1 vCPU, 2GB RAM), and medium (2 vCPU 4 GB RAM). These new instance types are the next generation for the heavily used t1.micro instances and they should also be viewed as a potential replacement for m1.small. We've got the analysis to help you decide if you should upgrade.Read more

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

20 Ways to Fine-Tune Your Cloud Environment

Posted by Brian Adler   Ι   August 14, 2013 0 comments
A regular tune-up can help any enterprise improve its cloud operations and potentially save money. Here are 20 simple tips that can help you save money, improve server utilization, improve cloud security and availability, and otherwise optimize your cloud infrastructure.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

AWS Outage Lessons Learned: If Netflix Can Suffer, So Can You

Posted by Brian Adler   Ι   January 04, 2013 11 comments
On Christmas Eve and continuing into Christmas Day, AWS had a “Service Event” centered on the ELB (Elastic Load Balancing) service in the US-East region. Although only a small percentage of ELBs were functionally disabled and unable to route traffic to their backend servers, all ELBs in the region experienced a time interval in which they could not scale, nor could changes be made to their...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

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