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5 Ways to Improve Cloud Application Performance

One of the biggest concerns for app developers is performance of the software they are creating. There are number of different coding and database problems that can increase the app’s loading time. Number of potential app issues increases if the app is hosted in shared cloud computing environment. This article is going to offer several easy solutions for app developers that will enable them to increase their app’s performance.

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Largest Instances on the Offer

Cloud providers like Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure offer wide selection of instances. Each one of these is optimized for specific purpose and comes with mix of features like: memory, storage, networking capacity, flexibility, CPU etc. If you have a hard-loading app and you want to ensure its works properly 24/7 you can always choose the highest and the most expensive instances on the offer. Although its figures might seem too big for a specific app you have in mind, it will help it to perform well even in the busiest time of the day. Most expensive instances will solve most of your noisy neighbor problems.

Cloud Computing app Integration

Many developers do the planning part poorly, which results in an adequately poor app performance. Before you upload your app to the cloud, you need to determine whether it is cloud ready. This means that it needs to be divided into microservices. These can be scaled independently and therefore can fit much better into a cloud environment.

Other than the architecture, developers should also determine required resources and use it when picking the right instances from the cloud provider. In most cases this depends on the type of data the app will accept and deliver. Before uploading and launching an app, developers need to test it and check its performance both in and out of the cloud.

Load Balancer and Measuring Performance

This advanced piece of code will route app’s traffic on instances with the best performance. It also displays many different metrics that can be used for determining which instances are running slower than others. With these metrics developers will be able to scale their apps horizontally. This includes: adding more web or app servers or moving users between different app generations, without changing app’s face or lowering its UX.

Cloud providers offer different metrics for measuring an app’s performance. Amazon Web Services for example offers Amazon CloudWatch that provides complete insights in infrastructure performance. This information should be correlated with information you gain from your load balancer and used for fixing app’s issues in the future.

DevOps approach

The goal of this approach is to enable companies to develop, upload and change apps in the fastest and the most efficient way. It includes cooperation between operations and developing teams and they should be able to solve all technical and business issues concerning the app. This advanced cooperation combined with flexible micro services, enables companies to quickly respond to all cloud environment challenges.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a programmer or you just a person who knows how to use a smart mobile app builder tool, if your app is hosted in a shared cloud environment you will definitely need to face certain performance issues from time to time.

A shared cloud computing environment comes with several disadvantages and the one that creates the highest number of problems is nested in the core of its architecture that allows one overloaded app to pull resources of all other apps hosted in the same cloud. This is also called the noisy neighbor effect. In addition to this, various cloud components may work in unpredictable ways from time to time. This means you can also have troubles with host’s disk and network performance, CPU access, memory, etc.

Constant monitoring of the app will enable developers to act quickly if something goes wrong. This is one and the only prerequisite for successfully dealing with all app problems in and out of cloud environment. This means that developers who want their apps to have outstanding performance shouldn’t forget about them, the moment they upload them to cloud and put them into use.


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