Application Awareness

By Ken Jackson  |  Posted 2010-09-29 Print this article Print

Application awareness

Too often, application groups aren't thinking about cloud dynamics, but they need to be. Most groups that are installing or maintaining an application don't care where it's running, as long as SLAs are met. But they do enjoy the immediate elasticity advantage that comes with leveraging the cloud. However, careful management when tapping the cloud is necessary to control costs. Cloud-ready management and automation tools can help manage costs and provide proactive and predictive management capabilities that can help applications groups ensure that financial goals and SLAs are met.

Application awareness not only monitors the immediate needs of the application, but can also predict load requirements based on previous needs and other factors. This enables proactive load management using existing physical and virtual resources, as well as automated engagement of the cloud, as necessary, to keep applications running optimally. Predictive capabilities of cloud-enabled tools can also ensure rapid, automated reconfiguration of infrastructure to ramp down engagement when the infrastructure is no longer needed. This is one of the key areas where cost savings are realized.

Current cloud providers can help handle unplanned work loads by making infrastructure available immediately. Application awareness allows you to proactively manage supplemental infrastructure based on planned and unplanned work loads. Make sure that, as you make the move to the cloud, your solution provides visibility into your application work loads to proactively manage cloud engagement. The ability to proactively manage the ebb and flow of daily work loads will save money and resources.

Ken Jackson is President of Americas at UC4. Ken is responsible for all UC4's operations in the Americas including sales, marketing, finance, R&D, human resources, support, and operations. Ken brings more than 20 years of software experience to UC4. Prior to joining UC4, Ken served as senior vice president of North American sales at ASG Software Solutions. Before joining ASG, Ken served in sales and management roles at CA, IBM/Tivoli and Candle Corporation. He can be reached at

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