Logicalis Addresses Cloud Clients’ Application Worries

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Solution Provider Offers Five Tips for Getting the Most Out of Applications in the Cloud

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Moving an app to the cloud as-is is like using a sleeping bag on a brand-new king-sized bed. The cloud gives an application space to stretch out, unprecedented monitoring to be comfortable, and as many services as it needs to be warm.

Moving applications to the cloud can result in significant improvements in resource utilization, scalability, functionality, development/testing efficiency and maintenance costs. Even so, not every cloud customer reports dramatic improvements – why not? Logicalis, an international provider of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) solutions and services, says changes have to be made to the applications and supporting processes to leverage the cloud’s features to the fullest.

From an application standpoint, moving to the cloud often involves rethinking how an application is built and tested. The cloud is a great place for developing and hosting applications. But too often, customers fail to re-architect their application in a way that captures all the benefits the cloud has to offer.

“Moving an app to the cloud as-is is like using a sleeping bag on a brand-new king-sized bed. The cloud gives an application space to stretch out, unprecedented monitoring to be comfortable, and as many services as it needs to be warm,” says Brian Day, director of cloud solutions for Logicalis. “But clients have to look at the entire application eco-system as well as their own end users to reap the rewards. It’s possible to run parts of the ecosystem in the public cloud and others in the private cloud, but understanding where to split applications to minimize latency across the network is a precise science that can have a dramatic impact on performance. Equally important is the manner in which the end user accesses the application. This is where a cloud-savvy solution provider can prove extremely beneficial to the client in helping define these parameters and make appropriate changes to the client’s applications that will help them increase the benefit they obtain from entering the cloud.”

Based on its cloud consulting experience, Logicalis has outlined five important tips clients need to know when moving applications to the cloud.

Five Tips for Getting the Most Out of Apps in the Cloud

1.    Learn to Share: Developing for the cloud is different than developing for in-house hardware. Rather than requiring applications to have their own database, storage, communication and authentication mechanisms, the cloud can offer common, shared components accessible via an API. These common components can then be built in a scalable, modular, secure way so that the developer doesn’t have to worry about scaling or backing up a database. The advantage? By leveraging common services, developers can build more scalable applications in less time, allowing the developer to focus more on the client’s needs than the application’s requirements.

2.    Don’t Bypass PaaS: The end game of shared services is to provide a suite of services which are easily accessible and a system for managing environments, users and the deployment of code. Developers and testers can easily deploy and promote tested code using the auto deployment features inherent in most platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environments. This offers additional advantages such as the ability to snap a new functionality into an existing application; for example, if there’s a common API on the shared platform for sending out robotic calls, the client could add that functionality to their order entry system, having the system call customers to tell them their orders are ready. In a PaaS environment, time to add new functionality can be significantly reduced.

3.    Become Omniscient: Within the cloud, enhanced monitoring tools and dashboards give developers the ability to predict utilization and right-size resources on the fly to meet the needs of the user base much more easily – and cost effectively – than they can in a physical infrastructure. This allows the developer to size cloud applications to more nominal resource levels rather than overdesigning the initial infrastructure because, through the enhanced monitoring tools the cloud offers, additional instances of the application can be spun up or down as needed. It also gives IT pros the ability to debug issues quickly and much more easily than in a physical infrastructure.

4.    Give Orchestration a Second Look: Clouds can contain an orchestration layer that enables rapid provisioning of whole environments (VMs, software, configuration). A lot of clients believe that because an application is difficult to set up, it is not a candidate for automatic self provisioning, but that is exactly when it makes the most sense! Orchestration can automate standard processes, such as deploying an entire testing environment so, orchestration, together with a self-provisioning portal and monitoring capability, can be an extremely powerful tool.

5.    Rely on Self Service: Most clouds have some aspect of self provisioning of at least VMs, and in the case of orchestration, entire environments. This means developers and quality assurance (QA) teams can have access to applications when and where they need to. Having an orchestration layer to give them a measure of controlled self service and a stable testing environment leads to increased efficiencies in development, testing and deployment of applications in the cloud.

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About Logicalis
Logicalis is an international provider of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) solutions and services founded on a superior breadth of knowledge and expertise in communications & collaboration, data center, and cloud computing and managed services.

Logicalis Group employs nearly 2,500 people worldwide, including highly trained service specialists who design, specify, deploy and manage complex ICT infrastructures to meet the needs of over 6,000 corporate and public sector customers. To achieve this, Logicalis maintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as Cisco, HP, IBM and Microsoft.

The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of over $1 billion, from operations in the UK, US, Germany, South America and Asia Pacific, and is fast establishing itself as one of the leading IT and Communications solution integrators, specializing in the areas of advanced technologies and services.

The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg and London AIM Stock Exchanges, with revenues of approximately $5 billion.
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