Design Network, Applications to Work Together

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-12-02 Print this article Print

"Another fundamental shift that has happened as a result of these new environments is the requirement to look carefully at the intersection between the application and network," McGuckin said. "In the past, it was possible to design the network and application solutions independent of each other. That wasn't the recommended approach, but you could get away with this in nearly every situation.

"That is no longer true. The application development [and] deployment team can do everything correctly, as can the network architect, but application performance problems will still be the norm in a global real-time business process."

It also must be noted that newer application environments-including browser-based, thin-client interfaces, X M L-based SOA (service-oriented archictecture) and AJAX-are not optimized for the network. Even though these protocols emerged from the development of the Internet, they still must be optimized to run on it, McGuckin said.

"These environments make accessing user clients and resources across the network very simple from an application development perspective. However, making problems go away for one constituency tends to burden others. In the case of these new protocols, the burden falls onto the infrastructure-server and network," he said.

A tactical guideline put forth by Scott and McGuckin was that an IT manager should always evaluate the security and privacy profile of supplier countries, choosing a country and provider only if the manager is certain he or she can specifically mitigate the risks that will be involved.

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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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