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Cloud Development and Deployment with CloudBees by Nicolas De loof

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Cloud and clustering

Another consideration for a platform is clustering . Cloud is based on slicing resources into small virtual elements and letting the users select as many as they need. In most cases, this requires the application to support a clustering mode, as using more resources will require you to scale out on multiple hosts.

Clustering has never been a trivial thing, and many developers aren't familiar with the related constraints. The platform can help them by providing specialized services to distribute the load around the cluster's nodes. Some PaaS such as CloudBees or Google App Engine provide such features, while some don't. This is the major difference between PaaS offers. Some are IaaS-like preinstalled middleware services, while ...

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