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Developing and Hosting Applications on the Cloud by Guo Ning Liu, Qiang Guo Tong, Harm Sluiman, Alex Amies

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Chapter 9. Operations and Maintenance on the Cloud

We have discussed the various aspects of putting together a cloud application and now can discuss how to manage an application as part of a business. Not only do you want to run on the cloud for small systems, but you also want to be able to scale up to large systems with a minimum of system administration. That means you need to think about automating everything you do. You can automate some activities through image customization. For example, you can set up the right firewall rules before the image is saved so that you do not have to repeat it with every server you add. However, some activities, such as requesting and installing certificates for HTTPS, have to be done after image customization. ...

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