Moving-from-Traditional-Software-Applications-CloudTraditional software applications generally come with many requirements that make them too unwieldy and too expensive for small to medium sized companies. Even the simplest applications built for the web require servers, storage space, bandwidth and other valuable resources, including a team of experts that could install, configure and maintain all of these. For companies with limited funding, handling this rather complex process is often a struggle.

With cloud computing, however, the concept of managing software becomes much simpler. Instead of managing your own network of computers and servers that serve as hosts for your web application and all the data associated with it, you can benefit from all these services remotely via the cloud. If you want to take full advantage of cloud computing and ensure successful cloud deployment, take the following tips into consideration:

Select the right application to deploy

Numerous cloud-based projects fail for incompatibility reasons. There are many criteria to take into consideration before deciding whether your app is ready for deployment or not. Some of these factors are the age of the application, the way it was designed, the configuration of your database and the interference with other applications. These and many other aspects will impact the performance of your app in the cloud.

It is important to understand that not all applications are designed for the cloud, so make a careful assessment of your project and decide on the amount of redesign and recoding needed before making app decision.

Determine what type of cloud you need

Before deployment, make sure you know exactly what will be provisioned, as well as what parts of the application you want to manage. In addition, the physical bounds of the application you want to deploy should also be clear in terms of the operating system, power of computation, storage, network and data protection.

There are four basic types of clouds you can consider based on these criteria: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) and Storage as a Service (SaaS).

  • IaaS clouds are designed to support IT services and account for reporting, servers, management, network and storage.
  • PaaS clouds are suitable for application building blocks. An example of a service that uses this type of cloud is Google Apps.
  • SaaS clouds area ideal for email clients or apps like online documents editors, such as Google Docs.
  • SaaS clouds provide various storage services and should be selected for deployment of applications such as Amazon S3.

Choose multiple providers

Most projectsturn out to be more successful when deployed on a group of cloud-based platforms rather than using the services of a single provider. Since the offers in terms of price and resources are different for every service, you will notice that choosing a multi-cloud environment will eventually help you cut costs and will bring performance improvements to your application.

Govern your production cloud

Resource and service level governance of the production cloud has become an absolute must for preventing deployment failures, regardless of whether you are using a single cloud service or a multi-cloud environment. Platforms designed for cloud management will allow you to automate your clouds in terms of security, scaling and provisioning.

Choose the foundation of your cloud infrastructure

The general recommendation is to choose Ethernet as the basis of the cloud infrastructure you are using. Even though protocols such as NFS are seeing greater popularity among large providers because of their simplicity and reduced costs, Ethernet will provide investment protection as a futuristic investment.

Address security

Last but not least, it is crucial to consider important security aspects when deploying an application on a cloud infrastructure. Security is often identified as a sensitive issue with cloud deployments, especially considering that with cloud computing, all resources are shared across multiple applications.

Invest in technologies that can distribute application data on networks, servers and storage devices, without making your application inefficient. Some of the existing technologies you can consider are AVLs, virtual data centers, NetApp MultiStore or Vshield Zones my VMware.

Article Contributed by Silicus Technologies