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Cloud Computing For Dummies® by Fern Halper, Marcia Kaufman, Robin Bloor, Judith Hurwitz

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Chapter 7. Checking the Cloud's Workload Strategy

In This Chapter

  • Getting ahold of workloads

  • Putting risks on the sale to weigh

  • Putting workloads to the real-world test

Lots of hardware, software, networking, and services have to be brought together to make a cloud environment into a reality. Clearly, making a cloud work means that workloads have to be managed efficiently. How does this happen? You can't simply take all the data and all the services and put them into a big cloud in the sky. In fact, for a cloud to work well, it must be well architected and well organized. In this chapter, we take a look at what happens with workloads in the cloud — how they're managed and how they're orchestrated.

Managing Workloads in the Cloud

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How do you organize the cloud? The basic requirement is that workloads need to be organized. A workload is an independent service or collection of code that can be executed. Therefore, a workload doesn't depend on outside elements. A workload can be a small or complete application.

You must be able to balance two things:

  • The applications or components running in the cloud

  • The needs of the business to perform predictably, especially during peak loads

Organizations have to actively manage workloads so they know

  • How their applications are running

  • What they're doing

  • How much an individual department should be charged for its use of services

A business needs to plan for their workloads, even when they're using an external cloud provider. Management needs to understand ...

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