Speedy deployment and streamlined management of application services is an uncontestable advantage of moving to the cloud.
Meanwhile, on the user side, another survey unsurprisingly found that a great majority of users expect applications to be just as fast or faster in the cloud. It’s obvious that no employee is prepared to accept slower performance just because their company decided to migrate their digital tools to the cloud. No customer either.
APM (application performance management) tools and services address the problem of speed and efficiency of cloud applications on both sides: making the best cloud choices to optimize IT service delivery, and how migrating to the cloud affects user experience of applications.
On the IT side, some common pitfalls in migrating to the cloud are lack of knowledge on the part of teams about the choices involved (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, multi-cloud, etc.). There is also a tendency to consider the cloud simply as another part of the existing infrastructure and to inadequately estimate latency, network capacity, and the storage space required. All of these shortcomings are obstacles to the whole point of the cloud, which is to speed things up and make things easier to manage.
An audit conducted by APM specialists in the earliest stages of a cloud migration project is a good way to help IT teams see the big picture. The existing situation is assessed according to the need (load testing, monitoring, etc.), yielding detailed metrics to determine the best cloud solution for that specific project. Later on, cloud mechanisms like auto scaling, instantiation, and so forth will need to be adjusted prior to production rollout and after deployment; this can be done very precisely based on metrics from performance monitoring.
To keep track of what is happening on the user side, end-user monitoring is valuable before, during and after migrating applications to the cloud, to understand and document how the application is working from the user’s perspective at different locations, down to the hour, if necessary. In addition, the application’s resilience to traffic should be assessed based on a comparison of the ‘before’ and ‘after’ snapshots from load testing.
Monitoring throughout the cloud project produces metrics and dashboards for visualization and analysis. APM specialists analyze them to pinpoint and understand any problems, such as auto scaling issues, and recommend optimizations. This way IT teams can take action to ensure that the cloud is beneficial to end users in terms of application speed and performance.
Our experts are standing by to assist you at all stages of your cloud migration projects, to help you make sure your cloud applications live up to IT and user expectations of speed.