The quality of an application can be assessed, among many other parameters as usability, adaptability to change, the value of the results generated and integration with the platform on which it is deployed. Therefore, in addition to its development, cloud architecture that supports it plays a key factor for the organization.
These are five basic tips to consider when designing applications to use the full potential of the cloud:
Forget the traditional concept of application
So far, the weight of the development of the code is given much greater respect on the platform on which it is deployed, mainly because possible infrastructure had little physical servers variations or virtual servers.
With the entry of new public cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure, the platform now gets more important because it offers benefits, improves and facilitate the development of the application.
That is why we need to make a change in mentality, as intended to deploy a traditional infrastructure in the cloud can impact both cost efficiency and growth capacity applications.
We must develop the application thinking from the beginning, in the environment where it will be deployed.
Know in detail the characteristics of the cloud platform
Year after year, large public cloud providers offer new products that aim to respond to the services required for applications; from the most common such as databases, caching, storage – auto scaled or services to more concrete as streaming or data analysis. In short, products abstracting the lower layers, make the most of the features of the cloud and facilitate the deployment and implementation.
So, learn in depth these products and their configuration is key to making decisions on the application architecture, either devoting our time and our team or working with specialist suppliers advise us about it.
Based design application-independent services
During the design, it is important to identify and separate all the services that the application needs to run. In this way, you can try and implement each as a separate component, able to adapt and scale as charging or receiving requests without affecting the rest of the application.
Basing the design of the application in isolated services will allow to monitor and manage more accurately, but otherwise, you can define the processes of transition between them.
To facilitate the process, it is important to identify and use the services that the cloud provider has built and developed on its global infrastructure, thus get a flexible application in the sense that it is able to climb along with the infrastructure.
Think about how things break
It is unlikely that the first application design to be definitive because it is most common errors that arise and must make adjustments. Being aware of this, one must ask who wants to be the first to realize the problems that may have application: our users or us.
The advantages of the cloud to carry out these checks, as the possibility of cloning environments easily to make adjustments or deploy test platforms are of a high value, and use them can make the difference between a failure and a successful project.
One of the most important aspects provided by the cloud capabilities is the automation. Thanks to the cloud, the infrastructure can be provisioned through code, and that allows entire display platforms and apply changes to them much faster and without manual intervention.