Five Steps To A Well-Tuned Cloud - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
Cloud
Commentary
3/23/2009
03:17 PM
John Foley
John Foley
Commentary
Connect Directly
Google+
LinkedIn
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%
RELATED EVENTS
Ransomware: Latest Developments & How to Defend Against Them
Nov 01, 2017
Ransomware is one of the fastest growing types of malware, and new breeds that escalate quickly ar ...Read More>>

Five Steps To A Well-Tuned Cloud

Many early adopters of cloud computing are poorly equipped to monitor and manage the performance of their cloud applications. In a just-published InformationWeek article, author Michael Healey outlines five steps users can take to change that.

Many early adopters of cloud computing are poorly equipped to monitor and manage the performance of their cloud applications. In a just-published InformationWeek article, author Michael Healey outlines five steps users can take to change that.Healey, who's CTO of IT integration company GreenPages, writes that 40% of cloud users don't monitor application performance and only 16% employ WAN acceleration, based on an InformationWeek Analytics survey of business technology pros using or planning to use cloud services.

"The dearth of standard monitoring metrics, cloud vendors' reluctance to reveal performance statistics, and our own inability to guarantee connectivity quality on the Internet have combined to move performance from a small annoyance to certified nightmare status for organizations that have accelerated their adoption without proper planning," he writes.

Healey offers a five-step process to get a handle on cloud app performance:

1. Measure your company's internal traffic and bandwidth levels before getting into cloud computing.

2. Ask your Internet service provider to help monitor and troubleshoot cloud apps.

3. Give remote workers tools to troubleshoot and report slowdowns.

4. Pay attention to the overall state of Internet performance.

5. Use WAN optimization to get the most from cloud connectivity.

Until now, the performance of cloud apps is a subject that has gotten less than its share of attention, as early adopters have been preoccupied with security, governance, reliability, and other issues common to first-time users. However, that's changing as more IT organizations gain experience in the cloud and as vendors such as CA, Hyperic, IBM, RightScale, and ScienceLogic target the need for products that monitor and manage cloud services.

For Michael's Healey's full report, see "Maximizing Your Cloud Applications." And feel free to comment here with your own cloud-management experiences and favorite tools.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of IT Report
In today's technology-driven world, "innovation" has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line -- yet often without any increase to the IT budget. How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control? Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll