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