Scott Williams


Moving an application to the cloud can be a daunting task, considering that most enterprise applications were never designed to be established in such a new level of Information Technology Architecture, that spans multiple data centers. It’s interesting to realize that applications have evolved, yet they still may lack the means to truly take advantage of the cloud-based landscape.

Essentially, data is manipulated by an application and is then stored in a persistent state which may be established in a structured platform such as a database, or unstructured platform such as a content management system that store documents and spreadsheets. The other structures of data we now must realize is in the latest in data sciences that include big data which may include de-normalized data that may include large data sets that may become unwieldy such as time-based Big Data from Internet of Things (IoT) vs. relational and unstructured data.

Your data and the right cloud solution

It is about the workload and processing of such data that can define the right fit for a cloud solution that matches the needs of such data architecture and the applications that manipulate, analyze, and commit such data. By understanding the data portion of an application we can ultimately determine what the business solution requires to ultimately solve such issues in regard to architecture, performance, and latency of accessing such data for a given application. Once this success criteria is realized, the cloud simply becomes the palette by which we can paint a picture of a cloud solution that not only rivals what may reside in the physical data center, but frees the application to scale in such ways never thought possible by leveraging newer technologies that can have applications span multiple systems and platforms.

A solid data-driven cloud solution can free an application from the shackles of a single-threaded presence. This can be accomplished in such a way that it can be a multi-faceted application that will grow. It can evolve as a truly redundant cloud-based application that is not only higher performing, but encapsulated in an architecture that is substantially more secure and resilient. This is accomplished by leveraging controls that are inherited within the DNA of a secured cloud platform.

Separation of responsibility

Developers establish applications to solve business needs to gain access to data. A secure high performance cloud strikes the balance by offering several levels of redundancy and availability while maintaining a higher level of security so that developers can focus on development and creativity, while the secure cloud provider focuses on protecting the key asset of any organization – their data.

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