Extending on premise applications to the cloud

When you have an existing system, and you have a need to deploy a mobile app that won’t interfere with what’s already in place, the cloud can offer a great solution if managed correctly. With so many services on offer, there are many problems that cloud can be considered as a solution for, especially in projects where ” no one size fits all”. Such was the case for a recent cloud use case in mobile app development, as told in this SlideShare.

This presentation was given at the Amazon Web Services User Group UK meetup on 15th May, in London, England; it was written and delivered by Intechnica’s Technical Director Andy Still.

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Designing Applications for the Cloud

When designing applications for the cloud, or extending on-premise applications into the cloud, it should go without saying that you can’t just deploy and expect good results. There is much to consider from the very beginning as it relates to using cloud platforms fin development; these include scaling out, taking new and imaginative approaches to data storage, making full use of the wide range of products and services on offer from cloud providers (beyond hosting), and exploring the many flavours of hybrid solution which can mean all types of business can leverage the benefits of the cloud. These details are laid out further in the following SlideShare presentation.

“Architecting for the Cloud” is the theme for the upcoming Amazon Web Services User Group UK meetup (15th May, London). Intechnica’s Technical Director Andy Still will be there, and plans to talk about extending an application to create a caching platform for mobile access within AWS. If you’re in the London area this is definitely worth coming along to for the discussions and networking around AWS and cloud computing.

Read more blogs about cloud, development and application performance from Intechnica

Cloud Computing Use Case: Development & Test Environments

In a recent article “Put Your Test Lab In The Cloud”, InformationWeek outlined the pros, cons and considerations you must take into account when talking about hosting test labs in the cloud. Using the cloud for this purpose is not necessarily a new idea, and it’s one that certainly makes a lot of sense; Replication of test results depends upon consistency across all variables, and putting a test lab in the cloud allows you to do that from anywhere or for anyone who needs to use it.

Indeed, the use of private or public cloud services, like Amazon Web Services, as a platform for software development & testing, is common practice for some businesses already. The benefits of using the cloud for this include the general positives of cloud, such as cost savings (in terms of the lack of start up cost as well as hardware upgrades, maintenance etc. coming out of the equation), but also extend to specific benefits, like increased control over projects, quick duplication of environments (especially when compared to “tin” set ups), speed of deployment, ease of collaboration, and the ability for testers and developers to access environments on demand, removing a barrier to efficiency. It’s not hard to see why the practice it growing in popularity along with other cloud services.

To best understand the benefits of cloud computing in software development and test environments, it’s useful to see the process in action. We recently hosted a webinar showing the process in detail, from configuring a template for the environment, to launching and connecting remotely to the machine image. In our example, we used Amazon Web Services with a custom management tool, but the process is fairly standard.

It’s important to note that different considerations need to be made for each cloud service provider, especially when weighing up public and private cloud offerings. Obviously, it’s faster and easier to get started with a public cloud, but it can be harder to manage costs, and some would consider a layer of control to be lost. On the other hand, private clouds are costly and time consuming to set up in comparison, and it’s a much bigger consideration to justify.