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Decisions, Decisions…


How to Choose Which Applications to Move to the Cloud


WRITTEN BY ARUN TANEJA W


E’RE often asked, “Which of my applications should I run in the cloud?” When we dig deeper, we find this question is usually motivated primarily by concerns


about performance and, in particular, network and storage I/O performance. It's a very good question, and one that application owners and IT infrastructure managers alike should take very seriously.


Important Considerations Before we tackle the concern about moving applications


to the cloud and application performance, let’s provide a slightly broader context because there are a number of other issues users should think about as they consider whether to move specific applications to the cloud. 1. Security: Users should ask their cloud provider what type of security they offer, both in the form of data encryption and access controls, to ensure application data will be secure and that the provider authenticates users before they're allowed to log in and access sensitive applications. 2. Regulatory Compliance: Some business-critical applications, particularly in financial services and healthcare, will have strict requirements that may not be easily satisfied in the cloud, 3. Application Availability: This will likely be a concern for many business-critical applications, and in such cases, users should demand that their availability needs can comfortably be met based on the terms of the provider’s


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