Solving cloud performance problems though planning

When the cloud was first introduced, decision-makers expected it to enhance operational efficiency in a number of ways, but they didn't think they had to worry about the cloud environment's stability. Still, performance issues have emerged and have often acted as an inhibitor to many cloud computing plans, according to an InfoWorld report by IT expert David Linthicum.

In most cases, performance problems are caused from cloud solutions being widely distributed throughout the enterprise, often far enough away from the physical data and user to create latency, Linthicum noted. By planning ahead, however, decision-makers can mitigate performance concerns to ensure their use of the cloud will truly enhance operations without jeopardizing efficiency in any way.

Eliminating cloud performance concerns
Linthicum said decision-makers can avoid some performance problems by planning ahead and creating a more efficient architecture that appeals to cloud demands. In other words, since users, data and applications can be stored in cloud servers that are hundreds of miles apart from one another, IT executives should take this into account when using the technology. Sometimes, simply moving components closer together will eliminate some of the latency that would otherwise slow an organization down.

Companies also need to monitor how much data is passed between clouds and test solutions before they are bought and integrated into the system, Linthicum asserted. While minimizing the amount of information passed between distanced components may improve performance in some cases, other problems are inherently built into solutions and applications. By test-driving tools before they are completely incorporated into the cloud, decision-makers may be able to minimize some issues.

A separate blog post by IT expert Rick Blaisdell echoed the importance of cloud performance and how it can impact adoption. If cloud-based applications are not efficient, they can dramatically affect an organization's overall ability to remain productive and competitive with rival firms also using cloud technologies.

Blaisdell said capacity planning can help mitigate some performance issues that would otherwise slow down the cloud's ability to remain effective, as scalable solutions will be able to ebb and flow with ongoing operations.

As the cloud continues to work its way into the private sector and be used by companies looking to reduce IT expenses and enhance efficiency, decision-makers need to ensure they do their best to mitigate any performance issues associated with the technology, as these problems can have a substantial impact on operations.

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