Getting a FIT Cloud

A congested Cloud computing system is a must to avoid. It may not make a business crash, but it will drive users crazy with its slow performance – just the sort of problem a business was trying to avoid by going to the Cloud in the first place. Most standard cloud products are not configured for high-impact database activity, resulting in poor performance. In other words, they’re just not FIT.
If you’re considering moving your business system to the Cloud, you need to realise that there is often quite a big difference between the performance a Cloud provider tells you they’ll deliver, and what you actually receive. You need a way to measure accurately the speed of the provider’s infrastructure before you buy. If you don’t, you could end up asking why your Cloud-based system is so expensive to operate – and why it’s so slow.
If your Cloud system is running slowly, you need to be able to diagnose the source of the problem. It could be your network, in which case it’s your problem to fix. If it’s beyond that, then it’s the Cloud provider’s responsibility (see illustration below).
High-volume transactional database systems work very well in the Cloud, but it has to be the right cloud – a FIT cloud, in fact. It’s important to understand what’s driving the Cloud environment your system is in, to make sure it will perform when you need it to. Every company’s goal is to grow, so the environment must be vertically scalable to cope with increased resource demand. With most providers it’s quick and easy to set up a test platform to measure its performance. Your system provider should give guidance on test procedures and environment guides to assist you in evaluating what levels need to be achieved.
With a little bit of effort and know-how, you can ensure that you have a FIT Cloud service.
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