4 Essential Tips for How to Use the Cloud

There are several essential tips to know about when you are preparing to use the cloud. Below I have outlined four that are a necessary part of understanding how your cloud works and allow you to utilize the full benefits your cloud environment offers. While these are an important component of your cloud environment, it is only the surface of its capabilities.

High Availability

This is an essential component of your cloud environment that ensures your cloud environment is always up and running. Using high availability, your environment has two of every component: power, routers and switches. This enables accessibility at all times because no one piece of your overall environment can take down your entire cloud. Consistently providing compute resources is a key to maintaining your customers and credibility with them as their cloud service provider.

IOPS and Monitoring

Using a cloud automation platform, you can monitor the incoming and outgoing traffic (IOPS) within your entire cloud environment. An overload of traffic can overwhelm your system and bog down its processing speed for your end users. If the overload is severe enough, it can eventually slow the environment to a halt. Knowing what the optimal IOPS weight is in the environment, and monitoring them appropriately will improve your overall end user experience.

VM Optimization

Knowing how to optimize your virtual machines for end users can provide a more comprehensive and stable environment. One way to do this is by separating service levels. This seems like an obvious component of your solution, but it can be complex. You tech team will need to separate test, production and development environments further into storage, the network and enclosures to ensure total isolation of environments. In this case, the separation of environments ensures that any negative impacts that occur in test or production machines will not affect the end user experience.

Further, you should name VMs and host profiles, and provide templates for end users to deploy servers. Making servers accessible in this way will ensure total availability for end users and ease of deployment. A template will ensure that all aspects of the cloud application will be provisioned exactly as it should be and cloud automation will further facilitate a smooth deployment.

Virtual machines and host profiles that are given meaningful names are easier for your technical staff to identify if an issue arises. The end user will need only to pass on the name of their VM for resolution of their issue. Further, this unique identification will help verify IP addresses, and any other traffic coming from and going to that address.

Federation

A federated cloud environment will augment your current cloud offering by facilitating an optimized environment. Federated cloud allows you to host zones in a primary location and then “rent” space in another location. An example of this would be a hosting company in Chicago renting space from a company in Hong Kong to expand their market footprint. The secondary location reduces the amount of lag among their Asian market and enhances customer experience for the end users there.

Utilizing federation can also serve as a backup location, which is optimal for any disaster recovery solution. Offering true second zone backup is an asset to your customers and provides another product that you can market to your customers as a differentiation from competitors.

There are things you can do that are essential to fully use the cloud environment and make it a holistic experience for your end users. These tips are just the beginning, but are necessary additions to enhance your environment. Understanding how your cloud works and optimizing it will further its capabilities and the overall user experience.