Cloud Computing: Cloud Application Deployment: 10 Deadly Sins to Avoid

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-09-27 Print this article Print
Sin No. 1: Building an Infrastructure Cloud Rather Than an Application Cloud

Sin No. 1: Building an Infrastructure Cloud Rather Than an Application Cloud

Applications are the driving force behind cloud systems. While a focus on infrastructure may be important for a software development environment, business outcomes are built on applications. Application delivery, not infrastructure, has become a new bottleneck. To avoid this, ensure that computing, storage, network and application resources all get the same weight.
From storage to management controls, hypervisors, security, disaster recovery and governance, IT managers have a laundry list of checkpoints to pass to successfully get a cloud system up and running. After the infrastructure is assembled and ready to go, then there are the tasks of installing and deploying the necessary applications to run on it. Even though applications are the enterprise's heart and soul-serving customers, securing recurring revenue, carrying out the work of the business-most of the cloud-system work being done today is focused first on the infrastructure. However, a highly optimized infrastructure, no matter how state-of-the-art, is meaningless without applications that work well. So how can private cloud providers ensure optimal delivery of services in an application cloud? Automated application delivery offers complete visibility into the infrastructure and equips cloud providers with a way to learn from the past and be strategic about the future. This should be consistent, reliable and fast in delivering on-demand service to its customers. This slide show offers advice about the "10 deadly sins of cloud applications" and best practices for avoiding them. One of our expert sources is rPath, an application delivery automation provider in Raleigh, N.C.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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