Setting up the development environment

In this book, we started with the assumption that the right cloud computing vendor has been chosen already. But, in general, when planning a cloud approach, these are useful questions to answer before you start working:

  • What do I need from the cloud vendor?
  • Which vendors have the stuff I need?
  • What does it cost, compared to other major cloud vendors?
  • Are there some pros/cons of one platform over another?
  • Where is my business located (in conjunction with the cloud vendor data centers) and, more importantly, where are my services going to be consumed by users?

These are just a few of the initial questions we need to answer before we go ahead with making any plans. To answer these questions, a little bit of foresight ...

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