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Three Areas Where Cloud Resiliency is Critical

Three Areas Where Cloud Resiliency is Critical

October 31, 2012
By Allison Boccamazzo, TMCnet Web Editor

According to a blog post last year by The Tech Evangelist, resiliency is a key cloud characteristic, yet according to Daniel Hardman, chief solutions architect at Adaptive Computing (News - Alert) (News - Alert), “Resiliency is one of those cloud buzzwords that often gets bandied about without a proper clarification.” How can such a vital component be equally as ambiguous, then?

Cloud resiliency allows you to seamlessly work and access resources despite large, sudden or unexpected failures of components and/or facilities – all kinds that heavy hitters such as Amazon have proven can take a significant toll on business. “Without this one defining factor, I would argue, it would be inappropriate for any business or government to choose Cloud Computing as an alternative option,” the blog insists.

When it comes down to it, there are certain aspects of the cloud significantly deserving of more attention, some which can be tolerated and some which can be ignored altogether. To help us determine what can go where, Hardman has listed his top three circumstances where resiliency reigns above all.

1.) Admin and User Error: “Clouds should forgive mistakes in configuration, warn about sub-optimal choices, and generally make it easy to achieve a state where ROI is maximized,” Hardman writes. One way to significantly help or improve this is by looking for a cloud solution with a particularly powerful use of policy – something that Adaptive’s Moab Cloud Suite is well-known for.

2.) Environmental Problems: “Clouds should anticipate and accommodate challenges from hardware, power, network outages and reconfigurations, malware infections, denial of service attacks and the like,” Hardman reasons.

3.) Bulk Troubleshooting: “Clouds by their very nature require action on many nodes at once,” he explains. “Sometimes admins need to do a mass upgrade or deployment. If something goes wrong with a broadly scripted action, resilient clouds should make it easy to diagnose and take corrective action.”

“I’ll go so far as to say that this should be the default state of the cloud and offer options to consumers to mark things as volatile at a reduced cost versus the alternative approach that is assumed now that everything…needs to be specifically designed into the deployed cloud solution,”  adds The Tech Evangelist. “Why should we believe this is not a tenant worthy of defining the cloud?”

The three listed circumstances speak volumes to why cloud resiliency is still a top priority in cloud management today, as well as why businesses should set the bar high when determining how resiliency defines cloud computing.

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Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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