Cloud Computing: Porting Applications to the Cloud: 10 Key Data Points IT Pros Need to Know

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-07-23 Print this article Print
Read the Fine Print

Read the Fine Print

The resources cloud providers are promising appear to be infinite, or certainly more than most applications would ever need. But that doesn't mean they are all available when your customers need them. There's simply no way around it; you have to read the fine print of the Service-Level Agreements the providers offer in order to understand just how much processing power in that server farm in the sky is yours and how much it will cost if you need more. Further, there are vast differences in the SLAs offered by different cloud providers. So be prepared to choose the cloud provider that meets your application deployment and customer needs.
Most IT-savvy line-of-business people already know that a cloud service can provide an alternative—and likely, very cost-effective—delivery channel to sell whatever the business needs to sell. It could be software, a new product line or a service. Porting your offering to a cloud environment enables you to extend all of the promised benefits of the cloud—such as scalability, elasticity, ease-of-use and infinite resources—to customers and potential customers who represent new sources of revenue. But the path from installed product to cloud-based service is just a drag-and-drop proposition. Developers charged with coding this path are discovering new issues that weren't factors in designing the core product or service they're now looking to expand onto a cloud platform. As IT decision-makers research and plan to move apps to the cloud, there are some points of interest they should know going in. For example, EnterpriseDB, a provider of enterprise-class products and services based on PostgreSQL, provides such a roadmap and offers some guidance on maneuvering the landmarks along the way and avoiding the potential pitfalls.  Our resource in the following slideshow is Karen Tegan Padir, executive vice president of Products and Engineering at EnterpriseDB.
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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