Increased IT agility. Streamlined business processes. The ability to adopt new technology and applications as needs evolve. The desire to interact with audiences in a more dynamic way than ever before. The need to keep one step ahead of the competition. These are just some of the factors driving the shift towards consuming IT through the adoption of the Cloud.
As with any IT infrastructure, your cloud architecture must be fit for purpose now and in the future, and have the inherent elasticity to cope with growing data requirements, unpredictable traffic, demand for faster response times and the need to deliver media rich content. To meet these needs and benefit from the flexibility, scalability and efficiency the cloud offers, it is critical to understand and implement best practice when architecting your cloud environment.
From improving performance and limiting risk, to reducing downtime and ultimately building a robust and secure a robust platform, here are the cloud best practices Rackspace recommend you consider. We call these the 5 Pillars of Cloudiness:
Horizontal scaling is the ability to run your application across multiple smaller servers rather than one two larger ones. By adopting this practice you reduce the risks associated with any single server going down, and make it easier to scale your compute resources up and down in line with demand -
In a similar vein to horizontal scaling, breaking your application into smaller modular units reduces the risk of serious downtime if one component fails. Anwendungen können auch schneller und effizienter ausgeführt werden, da Sie die Möglichkeit erhalten, nur diejenigen Komponenten zu skalieren, die zusätzliche Ressourcen benötigen, sobald sie diese benötigen.
Get more "work" done in less time by designing your application to process requests in parallel. Techniques such as message queues allow you to service more requests in a shorter time period thereby delivering an improved end user experience whilst controlling costs.
Agility means designing your application and underlying infrastructure in such a way that it automatically reacts to the circumstances that are presented to it. If demand suddenly spikes, your infrastructure automatically scales out horizontally, likewise if a component fails, your environment self-heals to protect the user experience.
As with an IT solution security is always of prime concern. When operating in the cloud security no longer rests solely on your shoulders, instead it is a shared responsibility with your service provider who will already have adopted all the necessary cloud best practices and have in place multiple security measures.
To find out more about cloud best practices and the steps you should adopt in order to maximize the benefits of your cloud computing architecture and pursue your business goals please contact one of our experts or click here to start at chat. Alternatively why not take a look at the Rackspace Academy and take advantage of the wide variety of training we have available.