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One of the main draws to the hybrid cloud is creating an app that might be small today but could scale to be huge tomorrow. However, scalability is not something that happens right out of the box; it has to be built into your app and infrastructure.
With many people adopting a cloud only solution, this is one question that I think should be asked more often, “I have my entire architecture in the cloud, so why would I want a physical server?”
Two critical pieces for any website or online app are the Domain Name System (DNS) and email. Since these two items are so important for your online site, one question that I would like to see our customers ask is, “Should I host my DNS or email with Rackspace?”
When it comes to hosting your app, many decisions that you make today can have an impact on the future. One question that more people should ask is: “How can I design a configuration within my budget today that gives me all the options for growth and stability down the road?”
One of the questions that folks need to ask more often is, “Do I have to move everything to the cloud in order to take advantage of it?”
This week kicks off a new series called “Cloud Questions You Didn’t Even Know You Had.” I want to discuss some topics that folks might not even consider as they look toward taking advantage of the cloud.
The cloud is a utility service and, similar to a utility like electricity, you pay for it based on your hourly usage. The major advantage of the cloud’s utility pricing is that costs scale up and down along with your configuration, allowing you to plan for the traffic of your visitors without waste or excess. But rather than talking directly about dollars and cents, let’s use an analogy of hosting a dinner party to understand the power of utility pricing.
Several weeks ago, I flew out to San Francisco and got to talk with a lot of developers about their applications and the cloud. There were three points that almost every developer brought up: scaling their app, initial deployment and feature requests.
You’ve worked hard on your application and are gearing up for a major event. You’ve heard me talk about the power of the cloud API, and have incorporated it into your app to control cloud infrastructure, in particular to scale up your configuration in a short amount of time. But before the big day comes, there is one important point to remember as you plan for a high traffic event.
While it is tempting to think of the cloud as a single-cell organism consisting of raw compute power; the truth is that the cloud is more of an ecosystem with many unique parts that interact with each other. The Rackspace open cloud is a complete solution for your business to host its application.
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