Author Centrally But Deploy Globally

By K. Scott Morrison  |  Posted 2009-11-19 Print this article Print

Tip No. 6: The ability to author centrally but deploy globally

Policy will move with your applications in the cloud. Localized differences [time zones, IP addresses, service-level agreements (SLAs), etc] must be mapped automatically during provisioning. This can be challenging, as policy itself is often riddled with unanticipated dependency.

Tip No. 7: Offer a global view of the application network

You need an application-centric management and monitoring system. It must be accommodating to the subtleties of application protocols so it can provide an actionable view of problems as they occur.

Tip No. 8: Flexibility in policy language

The mechanics of governance always come down to complex details in security policy. It is through policy that you manage, adapt and control all communications between services. A richly expressive policy language will give you the tools you need to manage any situation.

Tip No. 9: Apply SOA lessons to the cloud

Think of cloud governance as evolved SOA governance. Any cloud governance solution should be as applicable to traditional SOA as it is to the cloud.

Tip No. 10: Utilize the cloud in the solution

If a vendor is serious about the cloud, a cloud governance solution should make use of cloud services.

K. Scott Morrison is VP of Engineering and Chief Architect at Layer 7 Technologies. He has extensive technical and scientific experience in a number of industries and universities, including senior architect positions at IBM. He has published more than 50 book chapters, articles and papers. He is co-author of the upcoming university textbook, "Cloud Computing: Principles, Systems and Applications" to be published by Springer-Verlag. He has spoken at 70 shows around the world. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science degree (honors) from Simon Fraser University. He can be reached at

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