While a well-planned cloud computing deployment brings some definite advantages to the enterprise, many are still operating below their maximum achievable efficiency. The reason is none other than the lack of a deeper understanding of the cloud infrastructure, and knowing how to keep things running smoothly.
Here are some suggestions for getting started on improving efficiency:
- Usage reviews: Much of the cloud server and storage management is done through virtualization. While it’s desirable for optimum distribution of resources, problems like server sprawls can consume more resources than is healthy. Timely reviews are thus desirable, with a sharp eye on server and storage utilization levels.
- Vendor selection: The vendor you select can easily make or break your cloud deployment. Don’t let price be your only concern. The ability to scale the deployment dynamically, as well as to ensure data protection, are far more important. The real benefits are seen over some time, which is why you should choose a vendor of experience and repute.
- Efficient software: Because cloud computing happens remotely, the efficiency of the software becomes a crucial consideration. A program that is a lot cheaper but slower by, say, 10%, can become a bottleneck when the volume of transactions grows. Choose wisely, and invest in a product that is known for fast response.
Apart from these, you also might want to do a system-level review. Sometimes the problem is not with the way the system runs, but the way it is designed. Your cloud deployment is capable of being more efficient if you follow these guidelines.