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What You Need to Know About Cloud Application Development

Published: 05 November 2013

ID: G00247030

Analyst(s): Mark Driver

Summary

The architectural choices that support the development and deployment of cloud applications affect quality and timeliness, and can be the difference between success and failure. IT leaders should follow these best practices to avoid costly mistakes and optimize cloud application development efforts.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

  • Cloud Computing in a Nutshell
  • Cloud Support Comes From Three Layers in the Architecture

Analysis

  • Consider Cloud-Hosted Architectures on IaaS+ When Strong Backward Compatibility, but Marginal Cloud Characteristics Are Needed
  • Consider a Cloud-Hosted Application and Cloud-Based aPaaS When Strong Backward Compatibility With Minimal Cloud Characteristics Is Needed
  • Consider a Cloud-Optimized Application on IaaS+ When Moderate Cloud Characteristics With Maximum Deployment Flexibility Are Needed
  • Consider a Cloud-Optimized Application and a Cloud-Based aPaaS Provider When Moderate Backward Compatibility With Moderate Cloud Characteristics Is Needed
  • Consider a Cloud-Native Application on IaaS+ When Strong Cloud Characteristics and Maximum Deployment Flexibility Are Needed
  • Consider a Cloud-Native Application on Cloud-Based aPaaS When No Backward Compatibility and Strong Cloud Characteristics Are Needed
  • Consider a Cloud-Native Architecture and a Cloud-Native aPaaS Provider When No Backward Compatibility and Maximum Cloud Characteristics Are Needed

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