Performance Optimizations in a Cloud-Centric World

Performance Optimizations in a Cloud-Centric World

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Moving your web operations to the cloud means having less control over the way your website operates. That’s not a bad thing—it’s actually advantageous given today’s larger audiences and wider variety of media—but in an era when reliability is key to user satisfaction, how can you manage performance when third-party services run your site?

In this O'Reilly report, author Andy Still points out performance risks associated with connectivity, data centers, third-party SaaS tools, as well as content delivery networks (CDNs) and other cloud-based systems. You’ll then learn several methods to help you identify and mitigate these risks. This report explains why you should:

  • Embrace the cloud: the advantages of using these systems outweigh the disadvantages
  • Understand the nature of cloud services you intend to use
  • Closely monitor system elements that you don’t control, with Real User Monitoring (RUM) and other tools
  • Use a CDN and cache data as close to users as possible
  • Retain an independent DNS provider, and use different cloud providers or CDNs for different segments of your audience
  • Architect your systems to gracefully handle potential cloud service failures

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Andy Still

Andy Still

Andy is co-founder of Intechnica, a vendor independent IT performance consultancy. Andy's main interest is developing high usage, highly performant websites and helping others to do so. He also focuses on improving the integration of performance into every stage of the development cycle with a particular interest in the integration of performance into the CI process.

Andy is the author of the O’Reilly book "Web Performance Warrior" and is one of the organizers of the Web Performance Group North UK and Amazon Web Services NW UK User Group. He regularly blogs at Internet Performance Expert, Performance Patterns, and started the programming initiative Progvember.