Application Performance: A Framework for Cloud Enablement

Learn the motivation behind enterprises’ cloud adoption and the considerations, best practices and necessary steps for effective implementation of cloud-based services.

In today’s economy, companies that can quickly and effectively respond to changing information technology needs have a distinct advantage over those that cannot, by being in a better position to take advantage of new opportunities. And if they can procure and consume only as much as they need with no added waste, they can also save a lot of money.

Cloud computing offers the promise of cost-effective capacity on demand — anytime, anywhere, on any device. A cloud-enabled enterprise is able to exploit cloud services to meet its information technology needs easily and effectively. However, taking advantage of cloud computing is not as simple as just signing up for an account. Companies wishing to move to a cloud-enabled IT model need to take an end-to-end systems approach.

This begins with a thorough understanding of the applications and services their users require, since end-user quality of experience (QoE) is ultimately what matters. User experience is closely tied to application response time, which in turn depends on effective delivery of content. Once clear and objective targets have been established, companies must optimize their network infrastructure to satisfy performance requirements and enable consumption of network-based services such as cloud computing. Once these steps are taken, companies are ready to effectively exploit cloud services.

This white paper describes the motivation behind enterprises’ cloud adoption, and outlines the considerations, best practices and necessary steps for effective implementation of cloud-based services.

Equinix (Nasdaq: EQIX) is the world's digital infrastructure company, enabling digital leaders to harness a trusted platform to bring together and interconnect the foundational infrastructure that powers their success. Equinix operates a global interconnection platform of more than 200 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers in 63 metros across 26 countries.
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