Cloud computing is an increasingly popular way to use computing and storage technologies, and it is changing the way businesses deliver services. As with any innovation, you have to adapt your methods and procedures to take full advantage of the new technology. This guide examines how cloud computing and the architecture of the Internet shape service delivery, the challenges presented to reaching a global customer base, and techniques for accelerating content delivery.
Available Now – Chapter One: Cloud Computing and Challenges to Delivering Services
Cloud computing is creating opportunities for businesses to expand their reach to a global scale. Chapter 1 explores cloud acceleration techniques may be required to ensure consistent and acceptable levels of performance for all application users.
Available Now – Chapter Two: How Websites and Web Applications Work
Maintaining consistent Web application performance for all users is a challenge. Various forms of caching can improve performance in some cases, but some cases are better served by replicating content to servers closer to end users. Dynamic content requires other optimization techniques to improve overall TCP performance, reduce packet loss, and cut total RTT. Chapter 2 covers these topics and more.
Available Now – Chapter Three: Why the Internet Can Be the Root Cause of Bottlenecks
Many software developers and architects spend a vast amount of time and resources fine tuning their applications and infrastructure, but network performance issues still prevail. IT professionals are constantly being challenged by potentially one of the biggest performance bottlenecks, the internet itself. Chapter 3 provides an in depth discussion on how the internet can influence performance, performance measurement and solutions for combating the bottleneck.
Available Now – Chapter Four: Multiple Data Centers vs. Content Delivery
Multiple data centers, content delivery networks, and application delivery networks with network acceleration can improve application performance and responsiveness from an end user’s perspective. But which options do you choose? Chapter 4 explores the pros and cons of both deploying data centers, including costs and regulatory issues, and using a content delivery network.
Available Now – Chapter Five: Architecture of Clouds and Content Deliver
This chapter discusses different types of public cloud services and deployment models and includes a discussion of public cloud providers with a review of distinguishing characteristics.
Available Now – Chapter Six: How to Choose a Cloud Application Acceleration Vendor
This chapter turns the focus to evaluation criteria for selecting a cloud application acceleration provider.
Dan Sullivan has more than 20 years of IT experience that includes engagements in application design, systems architecture, and enterprise security. Dan has written and presented extensively about systems architecture, infrastructure management, and aligning business and IT strategies. His articles have appeared in Intelligent Enterprise, Business Security Advisor, DM Review, and E-Business Advisor. He has written several books including The Definitive Guide to Security Management; The Definitive Guide to Service Oriented Systems Management; The Definitive Guide to Controlling Malware, Spyware, Phishing, and Spam; The Tips and Tricks Guide to Secure Content Appliances; and The Shortcut Guide to Protecting Business Internet Usage.
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