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The cloud is elastic. Are your applications? One of the big drivers for using the cloud is that you only pay for the resources you utilize. When it determines that you need more resources, the cloud automatically provisions them for you. But not all applications can immediately make use of additional CPUs and memory. There may be serialization in the applications, problems with threading and even memory leaks. Don’t assume that any application will transparently expand to handle rapid peaks in demand merely by virtue of being in the cloud. The same basic IT architecture principles for handling bottlenecks and designing in performance still apply.

Cloud-washing, a practice of renaming or repackaging existing products and dubbing them cloud-ready, has become an art form. Every software package, service and now even hardware is described as cloud-enabled. Seemingly, we are all headed into the clouds never to return. Sounds like heaven, right? Maybe, maybe not.

While the atmosphere is everywhere, the cloud decidedly is not. It is by definition remote. That means if your applications require the highest in performance, cloud may not be the answer. For example, when you rent movies that are delivered over the cloud in real-time to your home, periodically, everything freezes and you see the infamous “buffering” message. While this may enhance the mystery of what is going on in the “Lost” episode you’re watching, it would be a disaster for algorithmic trading. In that environment milliseconds can determine profitability or loss.

Not all applications can be completely move to the cloud. In some cases this is done by design and the type of application, while in others the impact of migration is too high. For those business-critical applications that require the highest performance and have the most sensitive information and complexity of process, a hybrid model of cloud services to bridge the datacenter, branch offices and trading partners is best.

In this slideshow, Charley Rich, vice president of product management and marketing at Nastel Technologies, covers the top five best practices for ensuring optimal performance and uptime when using the cloud for your most demanding applications.

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