How to Enhance Cloud Network Performance

By CIOReview | Thursday, September 22, 2016
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From providing administrative infrastructure to archiving the data, the demand for cloud computing services and its utility has increased to such an extent that the major cloud service providers are experiencing an annual growth rate of around 50 percent.

A general notion that prevails in the enterprise sector is that cloud adoption accelerates business on a global scale. However, customers should have a thorough understanding of the vendors, services and the return on investments before moving the applications to cloud, as performance issues can paralyze the organizational workflow and complicate matters.  Here are some of the factors that organizations should take into account while forming their cloud adoption strategy.

Cloud architecture

While choosing an infrastructure for your cloud network, make sure that it is ideally suited for the cloud. Check whether the application cloud is broken into small compartments called the micro servers. These micro servers allow expanding and rating of components separately, in no time. With this, organizations can comparatively cut short their expenses, as they may not have to over-subscribe for capacity.

Picking the best Service

Each of the cloud services has its own benefits and therefore a careful evaluation is essential before giving the green signal

 • Infrastructure as a Service—provides the basic infrastructure where users can load their own applications
 • Software as a Service— a software distribution model where the provider hosts applications and gives access to customers
 • Platform as a Service— a development platform where users can develop and run their own applications.

Cloud testing

Most of the reputed dealers offer a trial subscription. Organizations should allow the services to run on a trial period before purchasing to ensure that the platform meets their requirements. Check for latency and make sure that all aspects of the program run accurately. A compatibility test should also be performed when connecting multiple operating systems to the cloud. Also, test the browser performance when using more than one internet browsers to upload the data.

Finally, it is the clarity, plainness and support that every cloud customer seeks and cloud computing is not a magical thing that happens out of nowhere; it depends on a server. Therefore, customers and providers should give a proactive management approach to keep up the efficacy of cloud systems. Performance management must be paramount as scalability is based on identifying and solving the issues that crop up.

EVALUATING PERFORMANCE OF THE CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE

Cloud computing, though a novel paradigm, has its own drawbacks that need to be rectified in order to make the service more customer-friendly and reputable. The two major factors contributing to cloud's slow performance are latency and server traffic. Unless the cloud system has been designed with attention to the minutest of details, it is likely that the cloud network may run into computing risks.

Identifying bottlenecks to accelerate performance

One of the main causes for poor application performance is latency. As the distance between the user and the cloud server increases, interactions and application response time goes up. These issues can be dealt by using techniques such as caching and buffering. Therefore, organizations must incorporate such architecture into the cloud to build a flexible platform.

Application monitoring varies largely in public and private clouds. With private clouds, companies have a transparent control over the IT Operations. They can implement Application Performance Management (APM) tools across all layers for optimizing performance and maximizing utilization.

However, such an in-depth performance evaluation is not possible with the public cloud. Organizations must adopt an approach similar to the black-box testing where optimizing resource utilization is the responsibility of the cloud vendors.

But obviously, companies strive to achieve cost reductions which is calculated on the basis of disk assesses, database size and network traffic. The cost saving strategy of the firm will however depend on the vendor’s cost structure. For that reason, it is necessary to select a vendor based on the particular characteristics of the cloud application than the hardware itself.

Optimizing the network capacity

If not adequately high, then the capacity of a cloud network must be increased in order to meet the ever growing network demands. Enterprises using the cloud services should be careful in choosing their network, as it is determines the efficiency of all cloud operations. With data hosted on a critical network, there will be sufficient load placed on the network traffic.

Wireless Area Networking Optimization helps manage overall network traffic through various methods such as caching, de-duplication and compression, thus providing efficiency to the network.

Broadband bonding is another choice of technique that helps reduce network traffic in large enterprises. This method allows one to combine several broadband networks and internet connections into a single unit that works proficiently.