“Never read the book when you can read the Cliff Notes (am I dating myself?) and never read the Cliff Notes if you can watch the movie.”
The bottom line is that a good movie or video can quickly convey a powerful message requiring very little effort on the part of the viewer. In many ways the picture can paint much more than a thousand words when done right. Keynote’s new Monitoring the Cloud: Behind the Scenes video is a great example of how video can make the complex seem simple.
During the holidays I tried to explain to my brother what we at Keynote do. I gave him the long version and it didn’t seem to sink in. His eyes rolled up like a shark when I mentioned mobile Web testing and performance monitoring. I remembered his advice from the past and gave him a high-level, short description and received a polite nod of implied understanding. Now that this video is available I can finally get the message across to all of my family. I’m now looking for forward to the next family gathering when my relatives won’t describe my job as “something with phones.”
Source: Keynote System
Hybrid clouds mean organizations with elements of their applications both on a public cloud and a private cloud computing platforms. This is a popular deployment model for business reasons ranging from the regulatory to the religious to the practical. For example, a company might plan to deploy the core of their application in a public cloud to take maximum advantage of scale, geographic expansion, elasticity, and bursting for unexpected demand etc.
However, a key piece of the application will remain in a private cloud or possibly on dedicated hardware. It could be that migrating some legacy code isn’t feasible or perhaps there is data there that the company wants/needs to keep under its direct control. Whatever the reason, the public cloud portion must now send queries back to the enterprise data center. A robust and manageable way of handling this is via a Web API. In this case CApP is then deployed at one or both sides of this link to monitor performance.
The second trend will be driven by companies who aggressively embrace public cloud computing solutions and design their applications for them. A core tenant of this approach is to design your application to scale and contract automatically, as well as terminate and replace instances that become unhealthy or even need to be updated. How will all of this be done?