Moving your web operations to the cloud means having less control over the way your website operates. That’s not a bad thing—it’s actually advantageous given today’s larger audiences and wider variety of media—but in an era when reliability is key to user satisfaction, how can you manage performance when third-party services run your site?
In this O'Reilly report, author Andy Still points out performance risks associated with connectivity, data centers, third-party SaaS tools, as well as content delivery networks (CDNs) and other cloud-based systems. You’ll then learn several methods to help you identify and mitigate these risks.
Read this report to learn:
- Embrace the cloud: the advantages of using these systems outweigh the disadvantages
- Understand the nature of cloud services you intend to use
- Closely monitor system elements that you don’t control, with Real User Monitoring (RUM) and other tools
- Use a CDN and cache data as close to users as possible
- Retain an independent DNS provider, and use different cloud providers or CDNs for different segments of your audience
- Architect your systems to gracefully handle potential cloud service failures
Andy Still has worked in the web industry since 1998, leading development on some of the highest-traffic sites in the UK. He co-founded Intechnica, a vendor-independent IT performance consultancy, to focus on helping companies improve performance on their IT systems, particularly websites. He is also the creator of TrafficDefender, a cloud-based traffic-management tool. Andy is one of the organizers of the Web Performance Group North UK and Amazon Web Services NW UK User Group.